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House Passes a Disaster Bill Worth $19 Billion


On Monday, the House passed a disaster bill worth $19 billion. The bill easily passed, with 354 out of 435 votes. The money from the bill will go to territories and states in America hit by recent natural disasters. Around $1 billion from that bill will go to Puerto Rico. The bill had been delayed by months due to disagreements between Democrats and Republicans on how much aid to give to Puerto Rico.


“Today we are rejecting the political stunts and grandstanding that have made it difficult to deliver much-needed disaster relief to families and communities across America,” said Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey. “While it has taken far too long, this bill delivers much-needed assistance to American communities struck by recent natural disasters."


A lot of the funding from the disaster bill will also go to states that were recently impacted by severe flooding, such as Iowa, Georgia, and Florida.

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