Today, U.S. Representative Cindy Axne (IA-03) supported the Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives 237-187, to help Iowa farmers and rural communities recovering from severe weather disasters in 2018. The legislation includes $12.1 billion in emergency funding for projects to mitigate damages for natural disasters.
The bill includes funding for crop and livestock losses, programs to help communities rebuild housing, businesses, and public infrastructure as well as funding for resiliency and mitigation activities.
“Iowans are still recovering from the significant number of weather related disasters in 2018. This bill increases the federal emergency assistance for Iowa farmers, business-owners, and local counties struggling to overcome disaster-related hardships,” said Representative Axne. “As we work to build a stronger, safer and more resilient Iowa, our communities need help to get back on their feet.”
Additionally, the bill includes funding to re-open the government through February 8th. This bill allows the federal government to immediately meet the needs of Iowans recovering from natural disasters, while giving Congress and the President time to negotiate on border security.
In 2018 alone, Governor Reynolds issued over two dozen disasters proclamations due to severe weather, including tornadoes, flooding, high winds, ice storms, blizzards, and heavy snow. According to the University of Iowa Flood Center, Iowa ranks fourth in the country in number of floods since 1998, costing over $18 billion in damages.
A title by title summary of the legislation is available here.
Fellow Democrats, Rep. Abby Finkenauer and Rep. Dave Loebsack, also voted for the legislation. Congressman Steve King voted against it.