House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has introduced a bill to provide $20 billion in new federal funding for states and localities to address the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
The bill would make grants for states to purchase equipment and supplies to restore services that were lost during the storm, and would provide $2 billion to the states for public health programs to help rebuild the damage.
The funds would go to help communities and states rebuild by purchasing disaster relief equipment, including tents, tents, blankets, drinking water and food, and providing free or reduced-cost medical services for hurricane victims, according to the bill.
Chaffetz’s bill comes amid a nationwide push to provide relief for the hurricane-devastated areas of the country.
President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that the federal government would provide a $25 billion relief package to states and cities affected by the storm.
More to come.