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108th Congress, 2d Session - - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 108-215


 
                 REQUESTS FOR FY 2004 BUDGET AMENDMENTS

                               __________

                             COMMUNICATION

                                  from

                   THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

                              transmitting

 REQUESTS FOR ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY FY 2004 SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS 
  FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF DEFENSE, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, HOMELAND 
  SECURITY, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, THE INTERIOR, AND VETERANS 
  AFFAIRS, THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE 
 ADMINISTRATION, THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, AND THE EXECUTIVE 
                        OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

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 September 14, 2004.--Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and 
                         ordered to be printed
                                           The White House,
                                    Washington, September 14, 2004.
Hon. J. Dennis Hastert,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Speaker: On September 6th, I submitted a 
supplemental request totaling $2 billion for the Department of 
Homeland Security for urgent needs associated with Hurricanes 
Charley and Frances. The Congress' prompt action on this 
request ensured that immediate response efforts to these recent 
disasters would continue uninterrupted. In addition to 
utilizing the supplemental funds provided in Public Law 108-
303, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster 
Relief Act, Federal Government agencies will continue to use 
existing resources and programs for response and recovery 
efforts.
    I now ask the Congress to consider the enclosed requests, 
totaling $3.1 billion, for additional emergency FY 2004 
supplemental appropriations for the Departments of Defense, 
Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban 
Development, the Interior, and Veterans Affairs, the Corps of 
Engineers, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 
the Small Business Administration, and the Executive Office of 
the President.
    I hereby designate these specific proposals in the amounts 
requested herein as emergency requirements. As I stated in my 
previous request, these additional requests will allow for a 
comprehensive response and recovery effort to address the 
critical needs associated with both of these hurricanes in 
Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and other affected 
areas. I urge the Congress to limit this emergency request to 
those items directly related to the recovery efforts from the 
impact of these recent major disasters.
    The details of these requests are set forth in the enclosed 
letter from the Director of the Office of Management and 
Budget.
            Sincerely,
                                                    George W. Bush.
                [Estimate No. 11, 108th Cong. 2d Sess.]

                 Executive Office of the President,
                           Office of Management and Budget,
                                Washington, DC, September 14, 2004.
The President,
The White House.
    On September 6th, you submitted a supplemental request 
totaling $2 billion for the Department of Homeland Security for 
urgent needs associated with Hurricanes Charley and Frances. 
The Congress passed on September 7th and you signed into law on 
September 8th, P.L. 108-303, the Emergency Supplemental 
Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2004, so that immediate 
response efforts to these recent disasters would continue 
uninterrupted.
    Submitted for your consideration are additional FY 2004 
emergency supplemental proposals, totaling $3.1 billion, for 
the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland 
Security, Housing and Urban Development, the Interior, and 
Veterans Affairs, the Corps of Engineers, the National 
Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Small Business 
Administration (SBA), and the Executive Office of the 
President. These funds are being requested to continue 
immediate needs assistance to address the impact of Hurricanes 
Charley and Frances and provide for a comprehensive response 
and recovery effort in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina 
and other affected areas. When combined with already enacted 
emergency appropriations, supplemental funding associated with 
these major disasters will exceed $5 billion. Total Federal 
grant and loan assistance, including action taken with existing 
resources and programs, will likely exceed $7 billion.
    At this time, Hurricane Ivan continues to pose a threat of 
further catastrophic damage in the Southeastern United States. 
Should it prove necessary, I will make further recommendations 
to you regarding the impact of this storm prior to final 
Congressional action on the enclosed request.
    As described below and in more detail in the enclosures, 
the requests include the following:
Department of Defense
    <bullet> $72.5 million is requested for the Department of 
Defense for costs associated with the evacuation, base 
preparation, base recovery, and damage to structure and 
equipment at various military facilities caused by Hurricanes 
Charley and Frances.
Department of Health and Human Services
    <bullet> $50.0 million is requested for the Public Health 
and Social Services Emergency Fund to help provide nutritional, 
medical and social services to affected elderly individuals; 
provide social services support to communities most affected by 
the hurricane; make available counseling services; support an 
increase in demand for unreimbursed health care; and restore 
community health centers in the impacted areas.

Department of Homeland Security

    <bullet> $2.0 billion is requested for the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide support for the 
response and recovery of Hurricanes Charley and Frances and 
other ongoing and future disasters. This assistance is to pay 
for public infrastructures such as schools, police stations, 
bridges and roads. The funding will also support assistance to 
families and individuals, so that they can be housed, fed, and 
provided with medical and other care.
    <bullet> $8.0 million is requested for the United States 
Coast Guard to repair damages to Coast Guard facilities, to 
replace lost or damaged buoys and channel markers, and for 
other emergency expenses such as personnel evacuation and 
activation of Coast Guard reserve personnel.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

    <bullet> $150.0 million is requested for Community 
Development Grants to the State of Florida for emergency 
expenses to help replace damaged homes, including replacement 
of destroyed farm labor housing and housing for other low-
income persons, properties, and businesses, and for economic 
redevelopment projects.

Department of the Interior

    <bullet> $21.3 million is requested for clean-up and 
facility repair needs at national wildlife refuges and national 
park units that were damaged by Hurricanes Charley and Frances, 
including Merritt Island, J.H. ``Ding'' Darling, Okefenokee in 
Florida and the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

    <bullet> $24.1 million is requested for hurricane response 
and relief to VA facilities. Uses include, but are not limited 
to, repairing hospitals and outpatient clinics, as well as 
reimbursing VA for assistance to local communities, overtime 
for VA staff, and contracting with medical providers for care.

Corps of Engineers (Corps)

    <bullet> $118.0 million is requested for the Corps to 
restore navigation channels, repair and rehabilitate coastal 
areas, and address other projects in areas affected by 
Hurricanes Charley and Frances.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

    <bullet> $126.0 million is requested for NASA, including: 
$89 million for repair of buildings and communications systems 
at Kennedy Space Center; $23 million for repair of equipment 
exposed to the weather; and $14 million to provide temporary 
workspaces for displaced employees.

Small Business Administration

    <bullet> $457.0 million is requested to provide funds to 
cover the large number of disaster loans expected to be made to 
individuals and businesses due to Hurricanes Charley and 
Frances.

Unanticipated Needs

    <bullet> $70.0 million is requested to support the American 
Red Cross in their mission to shelter, feed and otherwise 
support victims of the recent natural disasters in Florida and 
other affected areas. The American Red Cross is the only non-
governmental agency with responsibilities under the National 
Response Plan, and back-to-back major hurricanes have put an 
unprecedented strain on its finances. Traditionally, the 
American Red Cross relies on private donors to support its 
relief activities, not taxpayer funds, and that will continue 
to be the case for future disasters.
    All of the requests in the transmittal are for the purpose 
of fulfilling known and urgent requirements that cannot 
reasonably be met through the use of existing agency funds. I 
recommend that you designate the specific proposals contained 
in this transmittal as emergency requirements.
    I have carefully reviewed these proposals and am satisfied 
that they are necessary at this time. Therefore, I join the 
heads of the affected Departments and agencies in recommending 
you transmit the proposals to the Congress.
            Sincerely,
                                          Joshua B. Bolten,
                                                          Director.
    Enclosures.
                         DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


                OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, DEFENSE-WIDE

    For an additional amount for ``Operation and Maintenance, 
Defense-Wide'', $72,500,000, to remain available until 
September 30, 2005 for emergency expenses resulting from 
natural or other disasters, for the costs of repairs to 
structures and equipment, evacuation, base preparation, base 
recovery, and delayed satellite launches: Provided, That 
Congress designates these amounts as an emergency requirement 
for this specific purpose: Provided further, That the Secretary 
of Defense may transfer these funds to appropriations for 
military personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; and 
family housing: Provided further, That funds transferred shall 
be merged with and made available for the same purposes and for 
the same time period as the appropriation to which transferred: 
Provided further, That this transfer authority is in addition 
to any other transfer authority available to the Department of 
Defense.
    This request would provide additional funds to the 
Department of Defense (DoD) to cover the costs associated with 
evacuation, base preparation, base recovery, damage to 
structure and equipment, and launch delays ($17 million), 
caused by Hurricanes Charley and Frances.
    Estimates of damage caused by these hurricanes to Patrick 
AFB and Cape Canaveral AS are $42.1 million. These estimates 
include base preparation and recovery, evacuation, and repairs 
for roofs, windows and water damage.
    Estimates of damage caused by these hurricanes to MacDill 
AFB are $2.1 million. These estimates include base preparation 
and recovery, evacuation, and repairs for roofs, windows, and 
water damage.
    Estimates of damage caused by these hurricanes to various 
Navy and Marine Corps installations are $10.2 million. These 
estimates include base preparation and recovery, water damage, 
dredging, and facility and roadway damage. The installations 
included in these estimates are NAS Pensacola/Whiting, NOTU 
Port Canaveral, NSA Orlando, NS Mayport, NAS Jacksonville, SB 
Kings Bay, NSA Athens, NSGA Sugar Grove, MCB Camp Lejune and 
Blount Island Command.
    Estimates of damage caused by these hurricanes to Avon Park 
AFR are $1.1 million. These estimates include base preparation 
and recovery and facility repair.

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                DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


                        Departmental Management


            PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES EMERGENCY FUND

    For an additional amount for ``Public Health and Social 
Services Emergency Fund'' to support aging services, social 
services and health services associated with natural disaster 
recovery and response efforts, $50,000,000, to remain available 
until expended: Provided, That Congress designates this amount 
as an emergency requirement for this specific purpose.
    This request would provide an additional $50 million for 
the Department of Health and Human Services for hurricane 
response and relief to aging Americans, children, families, 
individuals with disabilities, low-income individuals and the 
communities in which they live. Uses include, but are not 
limited to, helping provide nutritional, medical and social 
services to affected elderly individuals; providing social 
services support to communities most affected by Hurricanes 
Charley and Frances; making available counseling services; 
supporting an increase in demand for unreimbursed health care; 
and restoring community health centers in the impacted areas.

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                    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY


                  Emergency Preparedness and Response


                          DISASTER RELIEF FUND

    For an additional amount for necessary expenses under the 

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