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Young Shares Statement on Multi-Part Package for Hurricane Aid, Debit Limit and Government Funding

Washington, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young shared the following statement on House-passage of H.R. 601, the READ Act (Hurricane Supplemental, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations, and Flood Insurance Package) as amended by the U.S. Senate:

“With relief efforts underway in Texas and Hurricane Irma barreling its way towards the Florida coast, this was the right thing to do to assist our fellow Americans. On the broader package, which included a three month suspension of the debt ceiling and temporary funding for the federal government, I wasn’t entirely pleased with the process or the deal the President hatched.  I believe we were making good progress on a long-term deal to address our nation’s debt limit, but unfortunately Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s ploy to keep Congress at a stalemate worked.”

H.R. 601, which was signed by the President moments ago, includes:

  • $15.25B for additional storm aid: $7.4B for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief fund,$7.4 B for the Community Development Block Grant, $450M for the Small Business Administration’s disaster loan program
  • Extension of the National Flood Insurance Program through December 8, 2017
  • Continuing resolution on federal spending through December 8, 2017
  • Suspension of the debt ceiling through December 8, 2017
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