Congress providing $10 billion for hurricane victims

Fri, 09/02/2005 - 3:37pm
By: Joanna Gibson

11:00 - Friday, September 2

Congressman David Scott (D-GA) announced Thursday that Congress will vote on Friday to approve a $10 billion emergency aid package to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"We in Congress are moving quickly to provide the necessary funding for relief efforts for the victims in the Gulf Coast and New Orleans," said Congressman Scott. "The magnitude of destruction and suffering is staggering and I will continue to do everything possible to provide relief for the victims of this horrific tragedy. This $10 billion relief package is simply a first step on the long road to recovery, rebuilding, and the renewal of life for our fellow citizens in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama."

The emergency supplemental is likely to pass by unanimous consent and will serve as a temporary funding measure until a much larger relief package is approved. The bulk of the relief package will be sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is taking the lead in federal relief efforts in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region.

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