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108th Congress, 2d Session - - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 108-218

 
                 REQUEST FOR FY 2004 BUDGET AMENDMENTS

                               __________

                             COMMUNICATION

                                  from

                   THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

                              transmitting

 REQUESTS FOR AN EMERGENCY FY 2004 SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE 
DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE, DEFENSE, THE INTERIOR, TRANSPORTATION, AND 
VETERANS AFFAIRS; AS WELL AS THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, THE ENVIRONMENTAL 
        PROTECTION AGENCY, AND INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

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   October 6, 2004.--Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and 
                         ordered to be printed


                                           The White House,
                                       Washington, October 5, 2004.
Hon. J. Dennis Hastert,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Speaker: On September 8th, I signed into law 
Public Law 108-303, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations 
for Disaster Relief Act, 2004, which provided $2 billion in 
supplemental funds for hurricane-related disaster relief. On 
September 14th and 27th, I submitted additional supplemental 
requests totaling $10.2 billion to continue immediate 
assistance to address the impact of Hurricanes Charley, 
Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne.
    Due to the availability of better estimates regarding the 
damage resulting from Hurricane Jeanne, I am requesting 
additional emergency funds from the Congress to address this 
natural disaster. I now ask the Congress to consider the 
enclosed requests, totaling $691.2 million, for additional 
emergency resources for the Departments of Agriculture, 
Defense, the Interior, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs; as 
well as the Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection 
Agency, and International Assistance Programs.
    I hereby designate these specific proposals in the amounts 
requested herein as emergency requirements. These additional 
requests will support response and recovery efforts to address 
the critical needs associated with the effects of Hurricane 
Jeanne. In addition to this enacted and requested emergency 
funding, Federal agencies will continue to use existing 
resources and programs for response and recovery efforts from 
all recent hurricanes and storms.
    I urge the Congress to limit this emergency funding to 
those items directly related to the recovery efforts from the 
impact of these recent major disasters and to act expeditiously 
on this and my pending emergency supplemental requests.
    The details of this request are set forth in the enclosed 
letter from the Director of the Office of Management and 
Budget.
            Sincerely,
                                                    George W. Bush.

                [Estimate No. 14, 108th Cong., 2d Sess.]

                 Executive Office of the President,
                           Office of Management and Budget,
                                   Washington, DC, October 5, 2004.
The President,
The White House.
    On September 14th and 27th, you submitted supplemental 
requests totaling $3.1 billion and $7.1 billion, respectively, 
to address the impacts of the recent hurricanes. These requests 
were in addition to the $2 billion provided on September 8th in 
P.L. 108-303, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for 
Disaster Relief Act, 2004, for immediate response efforts to 
these natural disasters.
    Submitted for your consideration are additional emergency 
proposals, totaling $691.2 million, for the Departments of 
Agriculture, Defense, the Interior, Transportation, and 
Veterans Affairs; as well as the Corps of Engineers, the 
Environmental Protection Agency, and International Assistance 
Programs. These funds are being requested to provide immediate 
needs assistance to address the impact of Hurricane Jeanne. The 
Office of Management and Budget has consulted with the Congress 
to ensure that the emergency needs associated with Hurricane 
Jeanne are addressed. When combined with already enacted 
emergency appropriations, supplemental funding associated with 
these major disasters will total over $12.9 billion.
    As described below and in more detail in the enclosures, 
the requests include the following:
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    <bullet> $145 million for USDA. This request includes: $15 
million for the Forest Service for erosion control and 
restoration of fisheries and endangered species habitat, and 
for clean up, and repair needs for roads, trails and 
facilities, in national forests in the States of Alabama, 
Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that were damaged by Hurricanes 
Ivan and Tropical Storm Jeanne; and, $130 million for the 
Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service 
Agency to provide cost-share assistance for emergency measures 
to retard runoff and prevent soil erosion in damaged 
watersheds, as well as to clean-up and repair farmland and 
rangelands. Of this amount, $95 million will be provided to the 
Emergency Watershed Protection Program and $35 million will be 
provided to the Emergency Conservation Program to areas damaged 
by Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne. This request 
is in addition to the $420 million already requested for USDA.

Department of Defense (DOD)

    <bullet> $116.2 million is requested for DOD for costs 
associated with the evacuation, base preparation, base 
recovery, and damage to structure and equipment at various 
military facilities caused by Hurricane Jeanne. The request 
will support the immediate rehabilitation of utilities, the 
repair and reconstruction of facilities, and reimbursement for 
those who were required to evacuate. This request is in 
addition to the $961.9 million already requested for DOD.

Department of the Interior

    <bullet> $11.0 million is requested for clean-up and 
facility repair at national wildlife refuges, national park 
units, and at United States Geological Survey sites in the 
affected areas. This request is in addition to the $66.3 
million already requested for the Department of the Interior.

Department of Transportation

    <bullet> $25.0 million is requested for the Federal 
Aviation Administration (FAA) to repair or replace the multiple 
FAA facilities that were damaged in the recent storms. This is 
in addition to the $5.1 million already requested for the FAA.
    <bullet> $200.0 million for the Federal Highway 
Administration's (FHwA) Emergency Relief Program for emergency 
repairs to eligible highways and roads affected by Hurricane 
Jeanne. This is in addition to the $600 million already 
requested for the FHwA.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

    <bullet> $95.0 million is requested for hurricane response 
and relief. Uses include, but are not limited to, repairing 
hospitals and outpatient clinics, as well as reimbursing VA for 
assistance to local communities, and contracting with medical 
providers for care. This request is in addition to the $29.1 
million already requested for VA.

Corps of Engineers (Corps)

    <bullet> $46.0 million is requested for the Corps to 
restore navigation channels, repair and rehabilitate coastal 
areas, and address other projects in areas affected by 
Hurricane Jeanne. This request is in addition to the $199 
million already requested for the Corps.

Environmental Protection Agency

    <bullet> $3.0 million is requested to restore buildings and 
facilities that were damaged by Hurricane Jeanne.

International Assistance Programs

    <bullet> $50.0 million is requested for international 
disaster and famine assistance funds for additional relief and 
rehabilitation requirements stemming from the damage caused by 
recent hurricanes and tropical storms in Grenada, Jamaica, 
Haiti, and other nations. This request is in addition to the 
$50 million already requested for International Assistance 
Programs.
    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 AGRICULTURE

                             Forest Service

                         NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM

    For an additional amount for ``National Forest System,'' 
$2,000,000, to remain available until expended, for emergency 
hurricane-related expenses: Provided, That Congress designates 
this amount as an emergency requirement for this specific 
purpose.
    This request would provide additional funds to the Forest 
Service for erosion control and restoration of fisheries and 
endangered species habitat in national forests in the States of 
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that were damaged by Hurricane Ivan 
and Tropical Storm Jeanne.
                                ------                                

                       DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

                             Forest Service

                  CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND MAINTENANCE

    For an additional amount for ``Capital Improvements and 
Maintenance,'' $13,000,000, to remain available until expended, 
for emergency hurricane-related expenses: Provided, That 
Congress designates this amount as an emergency requirement for 
this specific purpose.
    This request would provide additional funds to the Forest 
Service for clean-up, and repair needs for roads, trails and 
facilities, in national forests in the States of Alabama, 
Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that were damaged by Hurricane Ivan 
and Tropical Storm Jeanne.
    This request is in addition to the $20 million requested in 
this account on September 27th.
                                ------                                

                       DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

                           General Provisions

    SEC. XXX. In addition to amounts otherwise provided, up to 
$130,000,000, to remain available until expended, for the 
Emergency Watershed Protection Program and/or the Emergency 
Conservation Program for emergency hurricane-related expenses 
including the provision of technical and financial assistance 
for improvements and clean-up: Provided, That Congress 
designates this amount as an emergency requirement for these 
purposes. Persons that received payments from section 32 of the 
Act of August 24, 1935 with respect to 2004 hurricane losses 
are not eligible for these funds.
    This request would provide funds to the Natural Resources 
Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency to provide 
cost-share assistance for emergency measures to retard runoff 
and prevent soil erosion in damaged watersheds, as well as to 
clean-up and repair farmland and rangelands. Of the requested 
amount, $95 million will be provided to the Emergency Watershed 
Protection Program and $35 million will be provided to the 
Emergency Conservation Program. The assistance is to be 
provided to areas damaged by Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, 
and Jeanne.
    This request is in additional to the $100 million request 
for these programs on September 27th.
                                ------                                


                         DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

                           Military Personnel

                     MILITARY PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE

    For an additional amount for ``Military Personnel, Air 
Force,'' $2,100,000, to remain available until September 30, 
2005, for emergency hurricane-related expenses, for the costs 
of evacuation, which shall be available for transfer to 
reimburse costs incurred in FY 2004 as a result of emergency 
evacuations due to hurricanes: Provided, That Congress 
designates this amount as an emergency requirement for this 
specific purpose.
    This request would provide additional funds to the 
Department of Defense to cover the costs associated with the 
evacuation caused by Hurricane Jeanne. In particular, the 
request funds mileage, per diem, and lodging costs for the 
evacuation of military dependents, as authorized by the Joint 
Federal Travel Regulation. Bases which were evacuated were in 
the State of Florida.
                                ------                                

                         DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

                       Operation and Maintenance

                    OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY

    For an additional amount for ``Operation and Maintenance, 
Army,'' $19,000, to remain available until September 30, 2005, 
for emergency hurricane-related expenses, for the costs of 
repairs to structures and equipment, evacuation, base 
preparation, and base recovery; of which not to exceed 25 
percent shall be available for transfer to reimburse costs 
incurred in FY 2004 as a result of emergency evacuations and 
immediate recovery related to basic infrastructure due to 

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