Florida lawmakers seek $27 billion for hurricane recovery

Costs pile up in busy storm season<br>
Hurricane Irma (NOAA)
Hurricane Irma (NOAA)
Published Oct. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON - A coalition of nearly all Florida lawmakers is pushing for nearly $27 billion in additional hurricane relief money, underscoring the tremendous financial toll this year’s storms have had.

The request covers the gamut, from money for citrus and livestock losses to funds for the Herbert Hoover Dike to the need for schools that could see migration from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The lawmakers, led by Sen. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, laid out the request in a letter to the top Republican and Democratic members of the Senate and House appropriations committees.

“On Sunday, September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall on Cudjoe Key as a category four storm. This devastating hurricane impacted the majority of the state, prompting President Trump to approve a major disaster declaration for all 67 of Florida’s counties,” the letter reads. “Almost a month later, Floridians are still recovering, and much work remains to be done.”

Congress has already approved $15 billion to respond to Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

The White House last week requested an additional $29 billion, including $16 billion in debt forgiveness for the National Flood Insurance Program.