Millions of Americans are still waiting for billions of dollars of disaster assistance from the federal government.
The Senate on Tuesday voted to move forward on a $13.5 disaster relief bill.
The funding would go to those who endured hurricanes, wildfires, and flooding.
Federal funding was hung up by partisan disputes over funding for Puerto Rico and additional aid to farmers.
Georgia Republican Senator, David Perdue, knows millions of Americans are still waiting for federal disaster relief.
“It’s been five months since hurricane Michael ravaged the southeast and this Congress has done very little to help people who are barely hanging on right now,” said Senator Perdue.
Perdue says Congress is quick to appropriate federal aid right after disaster strikes, but it takes too long for the states to get the money.
A recent government report found the federal government has been “slow” to get block grants to areas by disasters, dating back to Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Texas Democratic Congressman Al Green introduced a bill to speed up the process.
“It would give the large metropolitan areas a possibility of receiving direct funding and give smaller areas a better understanding of how they can access resources,” said Congressman Green.
Green says his bill would ensure states actually get disaster funding that includes the $13.5 billion disaster relief package the Senate is taking up this week.
Senate leader Mitch McConnell says this bill would give $3 billion to help America’s farmers recover from recent storms, but Texas Democratic Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia says that’s an empty promise until states actually receive it.
“We need to make sure these holdups are not repeated with the next disaster,” said Congresswoman Garcia.