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Carter Votes for Emergency Assistance for Hurricane Irma

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Washington, September 8, 2017 | comments
Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01) today voted for emergency assistance for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The legislation also funds the government and raises the debt ceiling for three months. 

"With Hurricane Irma heading our way, I absolutely had to vote for this legislation today," said Carter. "While I do not support the overall package and believe it does nothing to provide the structural reforms necessary to rein in Washington's spending addiction, I cannot in good faith vote against legislation which funds hurricane relief efforts as the representative of the entire coast of Georgia. We know firsthand in the First District of Georgia the devastation of a hurricane and this funding will be critical to rebuild at home if we need it after Irma and for our neighbors rebuilding throughout the country."

The Senate Amendment to H. Res. 502 approved in the House today contains $15.25 billion in emergency funding for immediate response and recovery for communities impacted by hurricanes. 

This includes:
  • $7.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund;
  • $7.4 billion in emergency funding for the Community Development Block Grants to rebuild, and;
  • $450 million for the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan program.
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