House to Consider Bill Providing Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Puerto Rico
Last week, the House is expected to consider an emergency supplemental appropriations bill, H.R. 5687, that would provide $4.67 billion in assistance to Puerto Rico as the island recovers from a series of earthquakes. The bill, introduced by House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY-17) targets different areas of need, delivering $3.26 billion to the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program, $1.25 billion to road repair, $100 million to the school system to help expedite K-12 recovery, $40 million for disaster nutrition assistance, $15 million for the electrical grid, and $6.8 million for efforts like earthquake analysis. It also requires the HUD Secretary, in tandem with other Federal agencies, to coordinate on electrical power enhancements for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands within 30 days and to issue a Federal Register notice within 60 days. In addition to the appropriations measures, the bill contains tax provisions related to Puerto Rico relief and recovery that will provide an additional $500 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocations for each of 2020 and 2021 and $50 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits for 2020. While the House plans to take up the measure this week, the White House has already expressed its opposition to the aid package. Click here for Chairwoman Lowey’s press release. Stay up to date on the status of H.R. 5687 here.