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Tillis Co-Introduces Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill to Release Long Awaited Funds to NC and Other States


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act. The bill directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to release $16 billion in long-awaited disaster relief funding within 60 days to nine states and two U.S. territories, including North Carolina.

“As North Carolina continues to recover from Hurricane Florence, this bipartisan legislation is a positive step to ensure our great state receives the resources it needs to help communities affected by the storm,” said Senator Tillis. “I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate and ensure our families, businesses and farmers have the opportunity to rebuild from the devastation left by Hurricane Florence.”

These funds were originally appropriated for mitigation and resilience activities through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2018, which became law on February 9, 2018. However, more than a year later the affected states and territories still have not seen funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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