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House GOP Bill Includes $36.5 Billion in Storm, Fire Relief


The following is an excerpt from Natalie Andrews | October 11, 2017 | WSJ.com |

WASHINGTON—House Republicans released a bill late Tuesday night that would provide $36.5 billion in emergency funding for hurricane and wildfire relief, and extend credit to Puerto Rico to help the storm-ravaged island keep its government operating.

The aid is more than the $29 billion requested last week by the Trump administration, but less than the total sought by lawmakers in states hit by hurricanes in August and September. The House is expected to vote on the measure at the end of this week, according to a GOP aide, and the Senate could take it up early next week.

“We certainly know that Texans and Floridians and residents of Puerto Rico have been suffering mightily and we want to get as much money out the door as possible to help them, because I think they are in desperate need,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, (R., N.J.) said in an interview.

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