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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and a group of his colleagues introduced a bipartisan disaster relief package with the backing of President Trump, which would provide additional federal relief for North Carolina as it recovers from Hurricane Florence, as well as other states reeling from recent natural disasters.

President Trump, working with this bipartisan group of senators, has reaffirmed his support for disaster relief and encouraged Congress to pass additional funding for North Carolina and other states.

Senator Tillis joined Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) in introducing the bipartisan legislation.

“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. “Immediately following the destruction, I worked with Senator Burr and the entire North Carolina delegation to secure an initial down payment of recovery funding on behalf of North Carolinians, but much more still needs to be done. 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.”

The bipartisan funding package includes:

*Approximately $13.6 billion in overall relief efforts to states affected.
*Critical agriculture disaster relief for farmers recovering in the wake of Hurricane Florence and other natural disasters across the country.
*Development grants for small, rural communities impacted by natural disasters in 2018.
*Assistance for veterans’ health facilities, and military construction projects devastated by Hurricane Florence
*Emergency funds for critical watershed, and wastewater infrastructure needs.
*Infrastructure aid for highways and other transit projects damaged by natural disasters.

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