Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, D-Delaware, joined Senate Minority Leader Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, in calling on the Donald Trump administration to put forward a comprehensive package to help several areas of the country’s recovery from natural disasters in recent months.
The administration has committed to releasing such a package in the coming weeks.
In a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Senate Democrats outlined what must be included in a comprehensive package that would ensure adequate investments in infrastructure, health, housing, education, agriculture and conservation needs that will mitigate further damage in future disasters and make communities more resilient.
In October, the Senate passed a $36.5 billion emergency supplemental that contained $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund, $16 billion for National Flood Insurance Program debt forgiveness, $1.27 billion for nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico and $576.5 million to combat wildfires.
The text of the letter is available at bit.ly/2y8P4Gc.