Congressman Jim Langevin today voted for the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4899, Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010. This critical piece of legislation contains $5.1 billion for FEMA disaster relief, some of which will be directed to for Rhode Island for flood relief.
"I am pleased that we are finally sending a bill to the President that will bring real, immediate relief to Rhode Island as we continue to deal with the aftermath of the March flooding," said Langevin. "While many have moved on and are enjoying the summer, many families, businesses and municipalities are trying to rebuild. This funding is key to our state's full recovery and moving forward."
Langevin helped negotiate the increase from 75 to 90 percent in the federal match for Rhode Island disaster funds. This new formula means Rhode Island will only need to match 10 percent of their FEMA disaster allocation. He was also able to add $100 million in CDBG funding for states affected by flooding disasters. The delegation also worked to secure $49 million in Economic Development Assistance Grants for Rhode Island and other states, and $178 million for the Army Corps of Engineers to respond to natural disasters.
This $58.8 billion bill also includes funding for:
- $37.1 billion is provided for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- $2.9 billion for Haiti
-$162 million for the Gulf Coast oil spill
- Over $600 million for other domestic needs in discretionary appropriations.
- $13.4 billion in mandatory funding for certain Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange