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Chairman Price Announces House Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Streamline Critical Disaster Recovery Funding

November 18, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (November 18, 2019) – On Monday, November 18, 2019, Congressman David Price (D-NC), Chairman of the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, released a statement on House passage of H.R. 3702, the Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019. 

Chairman Price oversees funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR).  In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Congress appropriated, and HUD subsequently allocated, more than $740 million in CDBG-DR funding for North Carolina, but the state is still waiting to gain access for funding to recover from Hurricane Florence.  It can often take months, and in some cases more than an entire calendar year, for HUD to make funding available to grantees after Congress passes an appropriation.  Chairman Price worked with the bill’s sponsors to formally authorize the CDBG-DR program to ensure funding flows where it is needed in a timely manner.

Chairman David Price released the following statement upon passage of H.R. 3702:

“North Carolinians and citizens across the country have waited too long for disaster recovery funds to flow from the federal government in the wake of natural disasters,” said Chairman David Price. “The Reforming Disaster Recovery Act, which passed by the House today, formally authorizes the CDBG-DR program and streamlines the disaster recovery process to expedite assistance to communities that need it most.  I thank my colleagues, Reps. Al Green and Ann Wagner, as well as Chairwoman Waters and Ranking Member McHenry, for their leadership to advance this critical bill.”

Background:

Congressman Price serves as Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, which helps determine funding levels for CDBG-DR.  This program, which was never formally authorized, provides flexible long-term recovery funding for areas hit by natural disasters.

H.R. 3702 authorizes the CDBG-DR program, setting clear statutory deadlines for allocating the funding and eliminating the need for repetitive Federal Register notices.  It also ensures assistance goes to low and moderate-income people who need it the most; increases transparency and public input; and requires HUD and grantees to collect and use data to improve program outcomes. A copy of the bill can be found here. Congressman Price’s remarks today on the House floor in support of H.R. 3702 can be found here.

 

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