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Highly Anticipated Disaster Aid Part of Budget Agreement

Senate leaders hashed out a bipartisan spending agreement on Wednesday that includes nearly $90 billion in long-requested disaster relief that would be used to help rebuild communities destroyed by hurricanes and wildfires, USA TODAY reports.

The news outlet reports that the aid package would earmark $23.5 billion to replenish FEMA’s primary fund for recovery and repairs. $28 billion would be reserved for block grants to rebuild housing and essential infrastructure such as highways, while $2 billion would be allocated for improvements in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico’s power grid.

Nearly 40 percent of both islands remain without electricity months after being struck by Hurricane Maria. The agreement would also reportedly set aside more than $2.3 billion for agricultural assistance. a lot of it to assist in correcting Florida’s battered citrus industry.

On Wednesday, House conservatives voiced concerned about the increased deficit spending. House Minoirity leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the agreement does nothing to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to America as children.









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