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Patrick LeahyU.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont
Statement On Final Senate Passage Thursday Afternoon Of The Continuing Resolution

Statement On Final Senate Passage Thursday Afternoon Of The Continuing Resolution

Before I begin, I want to acknowledge that this morning, countless Floridians woke up to a world turned upside down in the wake of Hurricane Ian.  And hundreds of thousands in Puerto Rico remain without power more than 10 days after the storm that ravaged the island.  Vermonters will stand by your side as you rebuild your communities and your lives, and so will this chamber. 

The continuing resolution we are about to consider contains $18.8 billion for the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund, which would bring available resources in the fund to approximately $35 billion to respond to these and other disasters.  We likely will not know the extent of the damage for several days, but we are the United States of America, and I am ready to work with my colleagues to respond with what is needed. 

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