Americans continue to wait on federal disaster relief

Local News

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.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Inside Utah Politics Logo

Glen Mills

Chief Political Correspondent

For this Beetdigger and Ute it’s an honor to be doing what he loves in his home state! Glen is an award-winning journalist, who joined the ABC4 News team in June 2013. You can catch him anchoring ABC4 News at 5 and 6, Monday through Friday. He also serves as our Senior Political Correspondent, keeping you up to date on issues that impact your life at the city, state and national level. His political reports run throughout the week, and he hosts Inside Utah Politics, Sunday mornings at 8. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Before returning home to Utah, he spent 11 1/2 years developing his journalism skills in other states. He held various on-air and management positions at KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho, WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado during that time. Read More...