In the wakes of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Congress has passed and President Trump has signed two disaster relief bills. One package signed in September provided $15.3 billion of initial funding primarily to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In October, a second $36.5 billion emergency package was approved by Congress that again was mostly focused on replenishing the accounts of FEMA and other agencies providing immediate on-the-ground relief in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
Congress is expected to pass at least one more large package of disaster relief legislation before year’s end. Unlike the first two relief bills, this legislation will be more specific in how it directs funding to needs in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The National Marine Manufacturers Association government affairs team is asking affected members to contact it with issues or needs that should be a part of Congressional deliberations. Contact NMMA’s Michael Pasko at firstname.lastname@example.org with any hurricane-related relief needs you are facing or any needs in the industry you might be aware of.