In the wake of the series of hurricanes that struck the South, President Bush has asked Congress for an additional $7.1 billion in federal assistance to help the storm-battered states rebuild.
|Cleanup work continues in Gulf Shores, Ala. (FEMA photo by Jocelyn Augustino)|
The proposal, sent to Congress on Sept. 27, is Bush's third emergency funding request since Sept. 6. Congress quickly approved the first $2 billion and a follow-up $3.1-billion installment is pending.
As with the earlier requests, the Federal Emergency Management Agency would receive the biggest share of the latest proposal, $4.5 billion. FEMA would use the money to make payments to individuals and to clean up debris and reconstruct infrastructure.
The Dept. of Transportation would get $600 million for emergency highway repairs, and the Dept. of Defense would receive $889 million to repair military hospitals, clinics and housing for military families.
In addition, $81 million would go to the Corps of Engineers to clear navigation channels and rebuild coastal areas, and $132 million would go to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the Coast Guard, Bureau of Prisons, Forest Service and Federal Aviation Administration to repair a variety of damaged facilities.
The White House also included $50 million for overseas hurricane damage, including aid to Grenada, Jamaica and Haiti.