The Bill “Making further supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, for disaster assistance for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and calendar year 2017 wildfires, and for other purposes.” Has Been Passed

The bill Making further supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, for disaster assistance for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and calendar year 2017 wildfires, and for other purposes. has passed the House of Representatives

The bill passed the House on Dec 21, 2017. It was originally sponsored by (R) Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen from NJ.

Summary: DIVISION A–DISASTER ASSISTANCE Further Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements, 2017 This division provides $81 billion in FY2018 emergency appropriations to several federal agencies for disaster assistance related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria; and wildfires that occurred in 2017. (Emergency spending is exempt from discretionary spending limits and other budget enforcement rules.) DIVISION B–DISASTER RECOVERY REFORM ACT This division amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to modify the Federal Emergency Management Administration disaster response and recovery programs. DIVISION C–OTHER MATTERS This division amends the Agricultural Act of 2014 to designate cottonseed as a covered commodity beginning with the 2018 crop year. (Producers of covered commodities are eligible for Department of Agriculture [USDA] price and income support programs such as the Price Loss Coverage program.) It also amends the Federal Crop Insurance Act to remove the $20 million cap on annual expenditures for livestock producers under the federal crop insurance program. The bill requires all states to participate in USDA’s National Accuracy Clearinghouse, which is a database for states to use to prevent Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) participants from receiving duplicative benefits in multiple states. (The clearinghouse is currently a pilot program with five participating states.) DIVISION D–BUDGETARY EFFECTS This division exempts the budgetary effects of division B and each succeeding division of this bill from Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) and other budget enforcement rules.

This bill is mainly related to these subjects; Elementary and secondary education, Congressional agencies, Congressional oversight, Higher education, Watersheds, Economic development, Government trust funds, Law enforcement officers, Appropriations, Department of Defense, Louisiana, Mississippi, Administrative remedies, Department of Health and Human Services, Veterans’ medical care, Small business, Building construction, Texas, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Coast guard, Virgin Islands, Department of Justice, Caribbean area, Medical education, Department of Agriculture, Fires, Department of Labor, Family services, Department of the Interior, Alabama, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Transportation, Puerto Rico, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Performance measurement, Department of Education, Military medicine, Small Business Administration, General Services Administration, Livestock, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, Roads and highways, National Science Foundation, Mississippi River, Agricultural insurance, Legal Services Corporation, Mammals, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Government Accountability Office (GAO), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Marine and coastal resources, fisheries, Government buildings, facilities, and property, Rural conditions and development, Educational facilities and institutions, Military operations and strategy, Food assistance and relief, U.S. territories and protectorates, Government information and archives, Public contracts and procurement, Education programs funding, Student aid and college costs, Atmospheric science and weather, Border security and unlawful immigration, Health programs administration and funding, Administrative law and regulatory procedures, Executive agency funding and structure, Marine and inland water transportation, Employment and training programs, Infrastructure development, Electric power generation and transmission, Social work, volunteer service, charitable organizations, Health facilities and institutions, Aviation and airports, Transportation safety and security, Child safety and welfare, Military facilities and property, Government lending and loan guarantees, Solid waste and recycling, Water resources funding, Water use and supply, Housing and community development funding, Oil and gas, Animal protection and human-animal relationships, Disaster relief and insurance, Floods and storm protection, Natural disasters, Judicial procedure and administration, Hazardous wastes and toxic substances, Military procurement, research, weapons development, Youth employment and child labor, Transportation programs funding, Correctional facilities and imprisonment, Defense spending, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Parks, recreation areas, trails, Emergency medical services and trauma care, Veterinary medicine and animal diseases, Accounting and auditing, Agricultural conservation and pollution, Agricultural prices, subsidies, credit, Historic sites and heritage areas, Emergency planning and evacuation, Homelessness and emergency shelter, Pollution liability, Residential rehabilitation and home repair, Alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, Public transit, Strategic materials and reserves, Temporary and part-time employment, Customs enforcement, First responders and emergency personnel, Service animals, Forests, forestry, trees, Government studies and investigations and Emergency Management.

List of 1st Bill Amendments

  • Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 670, the amendments printed in House Report 115-477 are considered adopted.