Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Legislation for Disaster Assistance: Summary Data [Updated May 21, 2008]   [open pdf - 110KB]

From the Summary: "This report provides summary information on emergency supplemental appropriations enacted after major disasters since 1989. During the 20-year span from FY1989 through the present, Congress appropriated more than $213 billion for disaster assistance (almost $243 billion in constant 2008 dollars). Most of the appropriations were preceded by a presidential request for supplemental funding. Some appropriations have been offset by rescissions. The most recent and costly disasters occurred in the summer of 2005 when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma made landfall in Gulf Coast states. Since Hurricane Katrina struck in August of 2005, as of the end of calendar year 2007, more than $123 billion has been appropriated for supplemental disaster funding, most of it needed for the recovery from the 2005 hurricanes. Portions of the appropriations were offset by rescinding more than $34 billion in previously appropriated funds, explained in the section titled 'Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.' […] The most recent congressional action providing supplemental disaster assistance occurred on November 13, 2007, when the President signed into law P.L. [Public Law] 110-116, the FY2008 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. Division B of the conference report (H.Rept. 110-434) contains supplemental appropriations providing a total of $6.355 billion in disaster related funding. This report will be updated as events warrant to reflect any additional supplemental disaster assistance appropriations enacted into public law in the 110th Congress."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL33226
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