Florida still waiting on Congress to approve disaster relief package after Hurricane Michael

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Florida lawmakers are calling on Congress to move faster in approving a disaster relief package.

It’s been nearly five months since Hurricane Michael devastated Florida’s panhandle region and Congress has not yet taken action to address the state’s recovery needs.

Florida Senator Rick School says help is on the way.

He’s joined a bi-partisan effort in the Senate to spend $13 billion on disaster recovery.

Scott says the money will help rebuild critical regional infrastructure, including Tyndall Air Force Base.

“We’ve got to help Tyndall; I was there two weeks ago, they need resources; they need housing,” said Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida.

The bill addresses disaster relief not just in Florida, but all across the southeast.

Lawmakers say the money would also go to Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

All areas impacted by severe weather last year

Georgia Senator David Perdue says Georgia farmers, especially in smaller communities are desperate for help.

“If we do not help these people right now they may lose their businesses and livelihoods, with no fault of their own, that’s the reality we’re facing here,” said Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia.

The bill also includes money to help Puerto Rico’s long-term recovery.

Hurricane Maria struck the island in 201,  leaving behind billions in damage.

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