Senate budget deal includes $125M in Matthew relief

Posted February 8, 2018 12:43 p.m. EST

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— The Senate’s two-year budget agreement provides more than $125 million in federal assistance to North Carolina for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts, Republican U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis said Thursday.

"This funding represents another step in our ongoing effort to rebuild parts of North Carolina devastated by Hurricane Matthew," Burr said in a statement. "In addition to the money already provided for disaster relief, this budget agreement includes money that will allow the state and affected communities to not only rebuild, but undertake mitigation projects to take proactive steps to lessen the effects of future storms."

Lawmakers are trying to pass the deal before a midnight deadline that would force much of the federal government to shut down. Republican leaders first must shore up support among conservatives for a plan to shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years.

About $100 million in Hurricane Matthew relief would come in the form of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding, which supports family and community needs, including housing, infrastructure and jobs. Another $25.5 million would be Federal Highway Administration funding to repair and rebuild roads damaged by the storm and subsequent flooding.

North Carolina has already received more than $236 million in federal recovery aid from the federal government since the October 2016 hurricane.

"The additional $125 million will go a long way in helping our local communities recover from the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew. We are grateful for Senate leaders and appropriators for recognizing that recovery efforts do not end when first responders leave and that a multi-year recovery process requires continued federal assistance," Tillis said in a statement.