October 12, 2017
The House is set to vote on a nearly $37 billion emergency funding bill.
On Wednesday, House GOP leaders confirmed the lower chamber of Congress would vote on legislation aimed at providing $36.5 billion in funds for northern California and Puerto Rico.
This comes as parts of California face devastating wildfires and Puerto Rico continues to recover from the catastrophic damage left behind by Hurricane Maria.
President Trump approved a disaster declaration for federal aid Tuesday to help with firefighting and recovery efforts.
House Speaker Paul Ryan also reassured Californians Congress would take action.
“This is the time when our country needs to respond,” said Speaker Ryan. “This is the time where all levels and units of government needs to respond, and this is a time where we here in Congress will respond because that’s our responsibility.”
The bill also includes a provision to allow Puerto Rico’s low-income residents to receive emergency nutrition assistance similar to other areas affected by recent hurricanes.