THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT SEEKS $2 BILLION FOR FLOODS, OTHER DISASTERS: ASKS THE CONGRESS TO APPROVE SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING
President Clinton asked the Congress today to provide nearly $2 billion in emergency funding to meet urgent needs created by recent natural disasters across the country -- including severe winter weather in the West, damaging tornadoes in the middle of the country, and this month's flooding in the Midwest.
The President's request comes after he, the Vice President, and other senior Administration officials visited hard-hit areas from this month's flooding and pledged a speedy Federal response.
The six agencies for which the President requests funds are the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, the Interior, and Transportation, the Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Specifically, the President requested:
The President also requested $30 million in contingent funding for the Department of the Interior. o $126.1 million for the Department of Agriculture: $66.1 million for watershed and flood prevention operations such as opening dangerously restricted channels and waterways, repairing diversions and levees, and controlling erosion; $38 million for the Forest Service to repair damage caused by the winter flooding; $20 million for cost-sharing assistance to farmers and ranchers whose farmland was damaged; $1 million for emergency loans or grants to repair rural water and wastewater systems; and $1 million for rural housing programs to support housing grants and loans to eligible borrowers. The President requested an additional $35 million in contingent funding for the Department of Agriculture for emergency conservation and flood prevention for anticipated spring flooding, as well as additional damage resulting from the recent disasters. o $22.8 million for the Department of Commerce, with which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would repair damage to fish hatcheries along the Columbia River and to restore other fish habitats in the West. The President also requested $1.2 million, transferred from another Department of Commerce account, for the Economic Development Administration to provide planning and technical assistance to communities for long-term economic recovery. The Administration will continue to evaluate the need for
additional resources as our response to the current disasters continues.
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