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Emergency Disaster Funding Supplemental

Pressure is growing in both chambers for an emergency supplemental spending bill for disaster relief. Rep. Moskowitz (D-FL), a former Florida emergency management director, introduced legislation (HR 4295) that would provide $11.5 billion in supplemental funding for disaster relief.  FEMA's most recent estimate shows the agency is expected to run out of money in August and run up a $10 billion deficit by the end of September. While FEMA could get a nearly $20 billion cash infusion in a continuing resolution (CR), that measure may come too late with hurricane season approaching. The House legislation mirrors a Senate bill (S 2029) introduced by Sens. Rubio (R-FL) Scott (R-FL), Wicker (R-MS), and Tillis (R-NC).