U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC, and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, announced in a press release Thursday there would be an additional $125 million from the recent budget deal for North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Matthew, which hit the state in 2016.
The announcement came the day before Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law the two-year budget agreement. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 included the word “hurricane” a total of 115 times – appropriating funds to various government recipients to mitigate the effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, along with other hurricane and wildfire-related disasters.
The agreement provides about $100 million for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding, which goes to local needs, including housing, infrastructure and jobs. The agreement also provides about $25.5 million in Federal Highway Administration funds for repair.
The funds will be added to the $236.5 million that North Carolina members of Congress secured in past spending bills; $198.5 million came from the Dec. 9, 2016 continuing resolution, and $37.96 million came from the May 5, 2017 continuing resolution.
Tillis said in the press release that he and Burr have been working with the rest of North Carolina’s members of Congress to continue the recovery efforts, and he expressed gratitude to Senate leaders and appropriators.