How to spend the $8 billion relief fund for 2018
The U.S. government is trying to raise $8.2 billion for flood relief in 2018, and lawmakers have made it clear that they plan to use that money to help rebuild and expand the nation’s flood defenses.
The relief fund is the largest single item on the 2018 budget, and it is a priority of President Donald Trump.
It’s estimated that the money will be enough to rebuild the nation from the damage of Harvey and the devastating effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, according to a White House budget summary.
The Trump administration has promised to increase the federal government’s spending on flood relief to $9.6 billion.
The White House says the $9 billion will be used for “water, power, and infrastructure improvements.”
The White House also promises to spend an additional $1.6 trillion on water infrastructure, but that figure is unclear.
The $8,000 per household price tag for a family of four would be enough for a household to pay for the relief and recovery package, but it is unclear if that would cover the costs of a flood or other disaster.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says Congress will use $4,500 for the cost of the relief fund.
The federal government is also investing $1 billion to rebuild flood damage in Texas and New Mexico.
It also spent about $2 billion to restore flood damage from Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria.
The administration also plans to spend $200 million on a program that would allow federal workers to receive flood insurance.
That would not cover flood damage, but would allow them to qualify for the Federal Employees Emergency Relief Program.