US Senate budget plan includes $125M for Hurricane Matthew relief

Hurricane Matthew Fair Bluff Flooding
Flooding inundated Fair Bluff after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY)

WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) — The US Senate’s two-year budget plan could mean more money coming to North Carolina to continue recovery efforts from 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, according to the state’s senators.

Today, Republicans Thom Tillis and Richard Burr announced that the Senate’s budget agreement will allow North Carolina to be eligible for more than $125 million in additional federal assistance for the state’s long-term Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.

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According to a news release, the budget agreement provides roughly $100 million in the form of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding, which supports family and community needs, including housing, infrastructure, and jobs. The funding is critical for Eastern North Carolina’s long-term recovery efforts. The agreement also provides roughly $25.5 million in additional Federal Highway Administration funds for the repair and reconstruction of roads that were damaged by Hurricane Matthew and the subsequent flooding.

The release says North Carolina’s Congressional delegation has secured $236.5 million in aid for the state since Hurricane Matthew and the epic flooding that followed in October 2016.

Senate leaders have brokered a budget agreement that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years, The Associated Press reports.

Senators hope to approve the measure Thursday and send it to the House for a confirming vote before the government begins to shut down at midnight. But hurdles remain, including a lack of support from liberal Democrats, who wanted immigration reform included, and Tea Party Republicans, some of whom shredded the deal as a budget-buster.

(Information from The Associated Press was used in this story)