THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Des Moines, IA)
For Immediate Release July 14, 1993
PRESIDENT PROPOSES NEW FLOOD ASSISTANCE
The President today proposed a $2.4 billion package of supplemental appropriations for disaster relief in the Mississippi River flood area. This appropriation is in addition to the extensive efforts already undertaken by the Clinton Administration.
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The Speaker of the
House of Representatives
I ask Congress to consider expeditiously the enclosed requests for emergency FY 1993 supplemental appropriations. These requests provide for emergency expenses arising from the consequences of the recent heavy rains and flooding along the Mississippi River, particularly in the Upper Midwest. I ask further that the legislation in which these funds are provided be kept free of extraneous matters in order that there may be a minimum of delay in providing necessary funds to the disaster areas.
I hereby designate the following requests as emergency requirements pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended:
The details of these requests are set forth in the enclosed letter from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. I concur with the Director's comments and observations.
103rd Congress, 1st Session
The White House
Submitted for your consideration are requests for FY 1993 supplemental appropriations to cover emergency expenses arising from the consequences of the recent heavy rains and flooding along the Mississippi River, particularly in the Upper Midwest. The requested funds, totaling $2,482 million in budgetary resources for FY 1993, are in addition to the $100 million in previously appropriated funds that you made available to the Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation disaster assistance fund on July 4th.
In response to your direction, Federal agencies are working together to deliver disaster assistance to the victims of the flooding along the Mississippi River. We have carefully reviewed these activities to determine which agencies require additional resources to carry out these activities. The estimates are necessarily preliminary, and we will work with the Congress to update these estimates as the bill moves forward.
The supplementals requested are as follows:
In addition, authority is requested to use other Commodity Credit Corporation funds if the requested funds are not adequate to provide the 50.04 percent level of assistance for 1993 disasters. o For the Department of Agriculture's emergency conservation program, $20 million. These funds would assist farmers with debris cleanup and the restoration of damaged farmland.
In addition to these items for which additional appropriations are requested, many agencies are providing assistance within existing resources. Examples follow:
I have carefully reviewed the supplemental requests and am satisfied that they are necessary at this time. Therefore, I join the heads of the affected agencies in recommending that these proposals be transmitted to the Congress. In addition, except for the items noted above -- totaling $824 million -- that are contingent on further action, I recommend that you designate all of the items as emergency funding requirements pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended.
Leon E. Panetta Director
FACT SHEET ON PRESIDENT'S DISASTER RELIEF LEGISLATION
$600 million for USDA for Commodity Credit Corporation for disaster payments to farmers, with an additional $300 million available on a contingency basis if needed. Claims will be funded at the rate of 50.04 percent, as in previous disasters.
$20 million for USDA's emergency conservation program, to assist farmers with cleanup and restoration of damaged farmland, and $25 million for its watershed and flood prevention operations to safeguard lives and property, including levees and dikes.
$550 million, and another $250 million available on a contingency basis if needed, for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief fund. These resources would enable FEMA to provide funds for the repair of public facilities and for housing and other assistance for flooding victims.
$70 million for the Small Business Administration's disaster loan program, which supports nearly $300 million in low-interest disaster loans, primarily for homeowners, renters, and business owners to assist in their recovery from physical damage. Also, some loans would be made to firms in agriculture-related activities that have suffered substantial economic injury due to farm damage.
$45 million for the Army Corps of Engineers to repair damage to flood control works within the Upper Mississippi River Basin. An additional $20 million on a contingency basis. The Corps will help to clean up debris and repair levees and other flood control systems.
$100 million for the Federal Highway Administration's emergency relief program for the Secretary of Transportation to provide immediate assistance to States whose highways and bridges are damaged. Also, $5 million for the Coast Guard to purchase emergency supplies; pay for temporary active duty travel, including the limited call-up of Coast Guard Reservists; and repair, restore, and replace lost or damaged aids to navigation.
$3 million, with $50 million on a contingency basis, for HUD's community development grants program to support disaster recovery efforts.
$100 million, all on a contingency basis, for HUD's HOME investment partnerships program to enable HUD to provide additional funds for a variety of housing activities, including acquisition, rehabilitation, tenant-based rental assistance, and new construction.
$4 million, on a contingency basis, for HHS's public health emergency fund for repair and renovation of community health and migrant health centers damaged by the floods.
$100 million, on a contingency basis, for the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration disaster assistance grants to State and local governments for economic recovery strategy, technical assistance, and public works.
SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR FLOOD-RELATED DISASTER ASSISTANCE
FEMA: $550 million for Disaster Relief Fund (individual and public assistance grants); $250 million contingency funding Coast Guard: $5 million for operating expenses. Will support heightened levels of Coast Guard operations, Temporary Active Duty travel expenses, and repair navigation aids. Federal Highways: $100 million for repairs. Corps of Engineers: $45 million for emergency flood control works repairs. $20 million contingency funding Agriculture: $600 million for crop losses (in addition to $100 m released by the President on 7/4) - $300 million contingency funding for crop losses $20 million for Emergency Conservation $25 million for Soil Conservation Service, Watershed and Flood Prevention SBA: Supports $300 million in disaster loans. $10 million is requested for SBA staff and $60 million for subsidy budget authority for the loans.
CDBG $3 million for disaster recovery planning with states/locals CDBG $50 million contingency funding for disaster- related community development HOME $100 million contingency funding for construction/rehab of damaged low-income housing Commerce: EDA $100 million contingency funding for economic redevelopment
Public Health $4 million contingency funding for Public Health Emergency Fund
Subtotal of Budgetary Resources: $1,658 million Subtotal of Contingency Funding: $ 824 million Total Supplemental Request $2,482 million CLINTON ADMINISTRATION FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS TO DATE Representatives of federal agencies have been meeting frequently
at the White House to discuss the midwestern flooding and the coordinated federal response. Agencies participating in the process have included the Federal Emergency Management Agency, OMB, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation (Federal Highway Administration and Coast Guard), Department of Defense (Army Corps of Engineers and Army National Guard), Small Business Administration, and Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as senior White House Staff members. Daily conference calls have been held to supplement these meetings. In addition, on July 9, Vice President Gore conducted a conference call with the Governors of the affected States in the Midwest to discuss efforts in each of their states.
The President first traveled to the region on July 4 to survey the Davenport, IA disaster area. Additionally, Secretary Espy visited Hartwick, Minnesota, as well as Waterloo, Dumont and Sioux City, Iowa on June 30. The Secretary also participated in an aerial tour of Wisconsin. On July 2, Secretary Pena visited St. Louis Missouri, and participated in an aerial survey of Moline, Iowa. On July 3, FEMA Director James Lee Witt surveyed damage in Wisconsin and announced the Presidential Disaster Declaration for that state. On July 12, Vice President Gore and Director Witt visited Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa. Director Witt has remained in the region through today.
Disaster Preparedness Assistance and Immediate Response
Clinton Administration Flood Relief
Long Term Response
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