North Carolina hurricane relief
also tied up in U.S. House
By IRENE NOLAN
U.S. House of Representatives’ failure to act on the Hurricane Sandy
Supplemental Appropriations Bill will also affect aid to North
Carolina, especially funds for the state’s inlets which saw significant
shoaling during the hurricane in late October.
The bill passed
the Senate on Dec. 28, and the House was expected to act on the $60
billion package late on New Year’s Day after passing legislation to
preserve the Bush tax cuts for middle-class Americans and raise taxes
on the wealthiest two percent.
However, for whatever reason,
House Speaker John Boehner left the chamber without calling the bill to
the floor, a move that has outraged lawmakers from states affected by
“It is unimaginable that Congress would not
provide much-needed relief in the wake of Hurricane Sandy,” Hagan said
yesterday in a news release. “Our state may not have received
very worst of this storm, but areas in northeastern North Carolina are
still hurting. I urge the House to take up our bipartisan bill that
provides funding to ensure that our communities, families and
businesses have the support they need to recover as quickly as possible
after Hurricane Sandy.”
The bill includes funding to repair
damages to North Carolina’s inlets, waterways, roads and bridges, and
to provide disaster assistance loans to small businesses.
especially took a beating in the hurricane and two northeasters that
followed and several, including Hatteras and Oregon inlets, have heavy
shoaling that is interfering with boat and ferry traffic.
was the last day of the 112th Congress. The new Congress was
sworn in today, but the entire legislative process must start over.
According to Hagan office, the highlights of relief for North Carolina
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers identified $30 million in
damages to North Carolina’s inlets caused by Hurricane Sandy
the subsequent northeasters. The dredging projects to repair these
damages would be eligible to receive funding through the Army Corps
under the Senate bill.
North Carolina roads and bridges
sustained $8 million in damages from Hurricane Sandy. The state has
received a $4 million reimbursement from the Emergency Relief Fund. The
Senate bill provide additional funding for the Emergency Relief Fund to
ensure states like North Carolina can continue to be compensated for
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
announced a disaster declaration in North Carolina for Dare, Currituck,
Hyde, and Tyrell Counties. The Hurricane Sandy Supplemental bill
includes an additional $500 million in disaster relief loans through
the SBA. These loans can go to homeowners, businesses, and non-profits
in states affected.
Last month, Hagan joined her colleagues on
the Senate Small Business Committee in outlining ways the SBA could
improve its disaster programs to assist small businesses affected by
Hurricane Sandy. For more information, click here.
has said that the House will take up a bill that includes $9 billion in
supplemental flood insurance funds tomorrow and will address the
remaining $51 billion later this month.
The new Senate will also have to pass the bill.