Late Tuesday evening the U.S. House approved a disaster assistance measure to help those states dealing with the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. H.R. 152 passed on a 241 to 180 vote. Through an amendment offered by New Jersey Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen – the bill provides more than 222-million dollars to USDA. The amendment garnered 228 “yea” votes – the majority coming from Democrats. The legislation will be considered by the Senate next week.
A summary of the amendment shows that 218-million dollars will go to emergency conservation and restoration efforts – as well as flood prevention and watershed repairs. The breakdown is 180-million for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program – 23-million for the Emergency Forest Restoration Program and 15-million available under the Agriculture Credit Act of 1978. The other 4.4-million is provided for capital improvement and maintenance for necessary expenses related to the consequences of Hurricane Sandy.
Source: NAFB News service