After Response from FEMA, Rep. Axne Adds $66 Million to Iowa Flood Funding Tracker
Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced $66 million has been added to her Iowa Flood Funding Tracker following a response from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to Rep. Axne’s request for information related to federal dollars spent on flood recovery in Iowa.
In a letter to Rep. Axne, FEMA detailed $66 million in funding spent in Iowa as of January 8th, 2020. According to the letter, FEMA’s efforts in Iowa include providing aid to individuals, grants, crisis counseling, and administering flood insurance.
“I’m pleased we can now account for more than $500 million spent in Iowa after these new details from FEMA,” said Rep. Cindy Axne. “Iowans deserve transparency from their government while communities are still reporting they are not getting the assistance they need. I will continue to push the remaining agencies to explain how they are helping Iowa rebuild and recover.”
The information from FEMA is a response to Rep. Axne’s request for eight federal agencies to provide specific updates on the disaster relief funding being spent in Iowa. After five responses, the Iowa Flood Funding Tracker totals $515.6 million in federal dollars spent on flood relief in Iowa.
In December, Rep. Axne launched her Iowa Flood Funding Tracker for constituents to track updates on disaster relief funding being spent in Iowa after disastrous flooding in Southwest Iowa and across the region. The Tracker now includes information for FEMA, USDA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Small Business Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
In December, Rep. Axne voted for a bipartisan appropriations package which made available an additional $1.5 billion in unspent 2017 disaster funds for 2019 agriculture disaster recovery programs.
In November, the House passed bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Axne to modernize federal disaster recovery programs, ensure funds appropriated by Congress are delivered to disaster victims in a timely manner, and protect taxpayer dollars by increasing safeguards against misuse of program resources.
In May, the House passed H.R. 2157 – Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 – which Rep. Axne successfully amended to increase funding for programs vital to Iowa. President Trump signed that bill into effect on June 7th, effectively making funds available for disaster recovery programs available that day.