Senators Urge Quick Action On Diaster Money

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Vermont’s two U.S. senators are urging a quick vote in the House next week on $6.9 billion in additional federal disaster relief funds for Vermont and other states.

The measure up for a House vote next week includes $5.1 billion in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund, $500 million of which would be available immediately.

The rest would go to other departments and agencies that have seen their coffers dwindle in a year when there have been more natural disasters than usual.

The Department of Agriculture would receive $266 million for emergency programs. Additional resources are allotted to the Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Commerce, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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