April 17, 2019
(KMAland) — Relief for Iowa flood victims has been successfully included in a proposed House appropriations emergency disaster bill.
That’s according to Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne, who recently introduced legislation that would ensure Iowa is included in any new disaster relief funding. She discussed the proposal on KMA’s “Morning Line” program Wednesday morning.
“It’s very comprehensive,” Axne said. “It covers everything from almost a billion dollars to the repair of the levees, to everything from mental health support, and to making sure we can provide additional support to cover grains and bins that were lost and weren’t insured.”
The $17.2 billion emergency supplemental package would build on legislation the House passed in January to provide relief and recovery assistance for Americans affected by recent natural disasters. Axne then expressed frustration with Senate leadership for failing to move a disaster relief package forward.
“I was really disappointed to see the Senate didn’t pass the bill,” Axne said. “I’m also not happy with my Democratic colleagues that they weren’t able to pass it. I understand that we need to make sure there is relief for all victims associated with natural disasters around the country, but we can’t leave the Midwest in a lurch.”
The West Des Moines Democrat also believes there is a lack of communication on the different types of aid available to flood victims. Axne said she met with Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday to discuss ways to increase communication efforts.
“What we’re finding out is that folks may not understand all of the ways that they might be able to get assistance,” Axne said. “For instance, you might not own a small business, but you should apply for a small business administration loan. That’s because if you get kicked out of the system, then you’ll get picked up as having need by FEMA. Everybody should apply for everything, even if you think it doesn’t relate to you.”
Congresswoman Axne’s full interview can be found on our “Morning Line” page at kmaland.com.