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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 <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> 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. ------ 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. ------ DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Emergency Preparedness and Response DISASTER RELIEF FUND For an additional amount for necessary expenses under the
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