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House Appropriations Committee Chairman Young Statement on the Hurricane Supplemental Request

Press Release From: House Appropriations Committee
Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Washington, D.C. - House Appropriations Committee Chairman C.W. Bill Young issued the following statement on the supplemental disaster assistance request submitted by the Administration today.

"Floridians have suffered greatly over the last several weeks. Our communities have been damaged but the resolve of our citizens is strong. The Administration has done an excellent job helping Florida recover from these devastating natural disasters. Governor Jeb Bush, FEMA, NOAA, state and local emergency management officials, the Florida National Guard, volunteer organizations and many others should be commended for leading the swift, professional recovery efforts for these back-to-back storms.

Congress cleared the first request for hurricane assistance in one day with no extraneous additions. This request should be dealt with in a similar fashion. I will introduce a supplemental bill today that closely mirrors the President's request. I plan to move this package quickly and cleanly through the Congress. The sooner we get it on the President's desk, the sooner the aid can flow to our ailing communities."

This request will deal with the aftermath of the most recent hurricanes, but with more storms on the horizon additional assistance could be necessary."

FY 2004 Disaster Supplemental (BA, in millions of dollars)

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Commerce-Justice-State Subcommittee

SBA:
- Disaster loans program account (direct loans) 248.0
- Disaster loans program account (admin expenses) 209.0

Defense Subcommittee

Defense:
- Operation and maintenance, defense-wide 72.5

Energy and Water Subcommittee

Corps of Engineers:
- Operation and maintenance, general 30.0
- Flood control and coastal emergencies 88.0

Homeland Security Subcommittee

Homeland Security:
- Disaster relief fund 2,000.0
- Coast Guard, Operating expenses 8.0

Interior Subcommittee

Interior:
- Fish and wildlife service, Construction 13.9
- NPS, Construction and major maintenance 7.4

Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee

HHS:
- Public health and social services emergency fund 50.0

Transportation-Treasury Subcommittee

Executive Office of the President:
- Unanticipated needs (for American Red Cross) 70.0

VA-HUD-Independent Agencies Subcommittee

HUD:
- Community Development Fund 150.0

Veterans Affairs:
- Veterans Health Admin, Medical services 5.8
- Veterans Health Admin, Medical facilities 16.8
- Veterans Health Admin, Medical administration 1.5

NASA:
Space flight capabilities 126.0
Total 3,096.9

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