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Disaster Assistance Bill Heads to President Bush

Congress has passed and sent to President Bush legislation providing $14.5 billion in disaster aid for Florida and other states in the southeast and mid-Atlantic...
October 13, 2004

Congress has passed and sent to President Bush legislation providing $14.5 billion in disaster aid for Florida and other states in the southeast and mid-Atlantic recovering from the four hurricanes that swept across the region in August and September. The appropriation was included in a wide-ranging $136 billion corporate tax-cut bill. 

Representative Clay Shaw Jr. (R-Florida) expressed appreciation on behalf of the state's residents, particularly those who lost property or were left homeless by the storms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which lawmakers said had nearly depleted its resources, is to receive $6.5 billion of the appropriation in addition to the $2 billion that Congress previously gave to the agency shortly after the landfall of the first hurricane. The measure also included approximately $2.8 billion in aid for farmers hurt by drought across the nation.

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