House Passes Disaster-Aid Funding Bill

Includes $7 Billion for Infrastructure; May Wait Until Shutdown ends
On Jan. 16, the House passed—on a mostly party line 237-137 vote—an AGC-supported emergency funding bill to help communities rebuild from last year’s natural disasters, including Hurricanes Florence and Michael, the California wildfires, the volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and earthquake in Alaska.  The bill provides about $7 billion in disaster-aid funding for federal construction accounts, including over $1 billion for Federal-aid highway emergency funding and nearly $1 billion for EPA’s State Revolving Funds for Clean Water and Drinking Water construction projects. AGC’s initial breakdown of the disaster-aid funding allocations can be found here.
House Democrats attached a “poison pill” amendment that would temporarily reopen portions of the government currently shutdown until February 8.  This strategy is a non-starter with Congressional Republicans and President Trump. Therefore, disaster funding will likely wait until an agreement on the government shutdown is reached.
For more information, contact Sean O’Neill at oneills@agc.org or (202) 547-8892.


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