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                  Office of the Press Secretary
                        (Des Moines, IA)

For Immediate Release July 14, 1993


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.

Attached are:

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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.



Estimate No.
103rd Congress, 1st Session

The President

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



$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.

In addition to these items for which additional appropriations are requested, many agencies are providing assistance within existing resources.


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 

                -        $300 million contingency funding for crop 

                         $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 


     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
     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


     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
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Long Term Response

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