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Posted by: thepinetree on 12/22/2017 10:57 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 12/22/2017 10:57 PM
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Federal Disaster Relief Update

Washington, DC...This week, House Republicans proposed $81 billion in disaster relief through H.R. 4667 for areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires, the largest standalone aid bill in recent years. Initially believed to be attached to a Continuing Resolution (CR), the stopgap funding measure was kept separate from H.R. 4667, the disaster supplemental bill, after a failure among Republicans to reach a consensus on a package deal.




Last week House leadership was concerned state delegations from Texas and Florida would withhold their support for a CR that did not include disaster relief but this appeared to be a bluff as the threat of a government shutdown loomed large. H.R. 4667’s prospects for passage, originally seen less likely as standalone legislation, brightened after reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will allow Democrats from states recovering from hurricanes and wildfire to support the bill. Even if the bill passes the House with Democratic support, the Senate will not take up the disaster supplemental until Congress returns for the new year. In his Thursday remarks, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called the bill “an unacceptable disaster supplemental” that fails to meet the needs of California, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Prior to sending H.R. 4667 to the House Floor, the House Rules Committee approved an amendment proposed by Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) which provides tax relief for families and individuals who were victims of California wildfires. The amendment expands the requirements for writing off property damage and softens the penalty for accessing retirement funds to cover emergency expenses.

In addition to tax relief for wildfire victims the disaster aid package will provide over $81 billion in relief as its currently written. The new aid package will split funding across multiple agencies, providing $26.7 billion to FEMA, $26.1 billion to the Community Development Block Grant program, and $12 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers for rebuilding. With this latest package, Congress will have provided $130 billion emergency funding for hurricane and wildfire relief.


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Posted on: 2017-12-23 08:33:38   By: Anonymous
 
Of course the Republicans couldn't reach consensus. They are all hypocrites. When Sandy relief bills were being voted on a few years ago, the TX Republicans voted NO. This year when Houston was hit by a hurricane, TX Republicans voted YES and were surprised that northeast Republicans thought they were all asses.

The GOP is basically the party of lies, corruption and hypocrisy. And of pedophilia.

In the coming year they will be working to reduce your Social Security and Medicare benefits. Their excuse will be that the federal deficit is too large. They will not mention and will hope you forget that the tax bill they passed this week increased the deficit while reducing taxes mainly on corporations and the rich.

That tax bill will help corporations a lot and that will help the stock market. About 35 % of US stocks are owned by foreigners, so with respect to the cut in corporate taxes 35 % of the benefit will go to foreigners. The Art of the Deal, indeed.

Reducing taxes on the middle class by....you know....actually reducing tax rates and increasing deductions for people making less than $200,000 would have increased the deficit much less, would have rewarded many fewer foreigners, and would have put significant extra money in the hands of people who actually need it. Those folks would spend much of it here in the US and stimulated the economy. Opportunity missed.

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    Re: HAHAHAHAHAHA!
    Posted on: 2017-12-23 21:07:02   By: Anonymous
     
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!


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      Re: HAHAHAHAHAHA!
      Posted on: 2017-12-24 18:53:37   By: Anonymous
       
      That is funny, hearing a Democrat call Republicans "Hypocrites".


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