US House Passes Funding Bill Including Hurricane Matthew Relief

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, with the support of Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC), the House of Representatives passed the FY 2017 Continuing Resolution to continue government operations, maintain funding at the current budget cap level and provide vital disaster relief to families and communities impacted by recent flooding – including disaster aid to assist North Carolinians in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

“Since Hurricane Matthew hit our state in the beginning of October, I have been on the ground meeting with local elected leaders, business owners and our farm communities to help craft a legislative package that is responsive to the immediate needs of individuals, families and communities affected,” said Rep. David Rouzer, whose US Congressional District includes Johnston County and southeastern North Carolina.

“The $334 million in disaster relief for North Carolina is a vital first step in helping North Carolina families and farmers recover from the devastating storm.  I will continue to advocate for more disaster relief funding and work with our state and local communities to help our fellow citizens, many of whom are in the 7th Congressional district, recover from Hurricane Matthew.”

Included in the $334 million designated for North Carolina are:

  • $193 million for the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery program to provide flexible grants to rebuild affected areas and provide critical seed money to start the recovery process;
  • $23 million for the Federal Highway Administration to rebuild and maintain damaged portions of the highway;
  • $27.5 million for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Emergency Conservation Program to help farmers repair damage to farmlands;
  • $6 million for Emergency Watershed Protection Program to conserve natural resources by relieving hazards to life and property caused by floods; and,
  • $83 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build and maintain damaged infrastructure.