• Capitol Hill Negotiators Near Deal on Disaster Relief Package

    Capitol Hill Negotiators Near Deal on Disaster Relief Package0

    Senate and House negotiators are nearing agreement on a long-delayed disaster relief package, CQ reported Monday. Several last-minute snags, including how to extend legal authority for the lapsed Violence Against Women Act were holding up the disaster and humanitarian aid before lawmakers leave town for the Memorial Day recess. Senate Republicans seek temporary renewal of VAWA programs through

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  • Wilson Again Calls for Immediate Disaster Repair Funding

    Wilson Again Calls for Immediate Disaster Repair Funding0

    Outgoing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Thursday that DOD needs Congress to move quickly to approve funding for ongoing disaster repairs from recent storm damage at military bases, Roll Call reported. A Senate disaster relief package, which includes a portion of needed repair funding for Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Camp Lejeune, N.C., and

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  • McConnell Presses Senate to Pass Disaster Aid Bill by Memorial Day Break

    McConnell Presses Senate to Pass Disaster Aid Bill by Memorial Day Break0

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on the Senate Tuesday to pass a disaster aid package before the Memorial Day recess, Politico reported. “We need to get this done,” McConnell said at a late afternoon news conference. The stalled disaster aid package, which includes critical recovery funding for several military installations across the U.S.,

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  • Border Wall, Puerto Rico Funding Differences Slowing Disaster Aid Package

    Border Wall, Puerto Rico Funding Differences Slowing Disaster Aid Package0

    Agreement on a bipartisan disaster aid bill slowed Tuesday after the GOP-controlled Senate’s top appropriator said the administration and House are raising new objections, Roll Call reported. “I don’t know of a disaster aid bill in recent years that has been this protracted,” Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said. The ongoing disaster aid negotiations

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  • Congress Agrees to Provide $400 Million for Lejeune Storm Repairs

    Congress Agrees to Provide $400 Million for Lejeune Storm Repairs0

    Congress has agreed to provide $400 million in funding to repair storm damage from Hurricane Florence last September, Military Times reported. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller announced the funding on Twitter Friday saying it would go to repair family housing and other structures. “We have received word that Congress has agreed with the administration’s

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  • Lawmakers Try to Revive Disaster Aid Bill

    Lawmakers Try to Revive Disaster Aid Bill0

    House Democrats are trying again to advance a disaster aid bill that would include some storm recovery money for Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Politico reported. The bill has stalled in the Senate over President Trump’s concerns it allocates too much to Puerto Rico to continue hurricane recovery. DOD

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