Disaster Relief Bill Includes Down Payment for Nebraska Flood Recovery
Targeted News Service (Press Releases)
WASHINGTON, March 26 -- The office of Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release:
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) issued the following statement today after the Senate Appropriations Committee released the text of the disaster supplemental bill, which includes a down payment to help Nebraskans impacted by the catastrophic flooding:
"Nebraskans are facing the worst natural disaster in our state's history and that's why for the past week and a half I've worked hard to add Nebraska to this disaster relief bill. The legislation released today includes a down payment to help Nebraska ag producers and communities rebuild and recover from the catastrophic damage. This is a good start, but we have a long road ahead and I'm going to continue to fight for Nebraska every step of the way."
More information on the programs Nebraska is eligible for under this bill:
The Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP) - This U.S. Department of Agriculture program would make funds available to ag producers for expenses related to losses as a result of the flooding in Nebraska. Ag producers could apply to receive up to $125,000. Some producers could receive a higher payment if 3/4 or more of their income is derived from farming or another agriculture-based business.
Economic Development Assistance Programs - Under this program, Nebraska communities, tribes, and organizations could apply for disaster grants that support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities. These dollars would go towards expenses related to flood mitigation, disaster relief, long-term recovery, and restoration of infrastructure.
Last week, following the request of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and the support of the Nebraska congressional delegation, President Trump declared a major disaster in the state of Nebraska. This declaration makes Nebraska eligible for federal aid for disaster assistance.