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ICYMI: Reps. Axne and Finkenauer Shepherd Disaster Relief Bill Through the House

House passes $19 billion disaster recovery package, including Rep. Axne’s amendments to allocate nearly $1 billion for much-needed Iowa flood relief

Today the House took real action to help thousands of families that lost their livelihood due to recent natural disasters by passing a $19 billion disaster recovery package. In a resounding victory for hardworking Iowa families devastated by recent flooding, Rep. Abby Finkenauer presided over the House floor as the chamber passed the bill, including Rep. Cindy Axne’s amendments to allocate nearly $1 billion in funding for much-needed Iowa recovery efforts. The final bill also provides $3 billion for Midwest disaster relief, thanks to Rep. Axne’s leadership.

As Iowans try to get back on their feet and rebuild their homes, their farms and their businesses, the Iowa Congresswomen have been on the frontline of securing funding for thousands of families devastated by unprecedented flooding. Axne has been tireless in her advocacy for western Iowa, which has been disproportionately impacted by recent flooding. Last month, she even rolled up her sleeves and helped a family muck out their flooded home in Pacific Junction. Governor Kim Reynolds has also appointed Axne to the bipartisan flood recovery advisory board created to help impacted towns. Finkenauer has pushed the Administration to quickly act upon a request from the Governor for a disaster declaration to help impacted Iowans. She recently led a flood tour of vulnerable areas of her district, touting the need for creative infrastructure reform that will help mitigate future flooding.

“Representatives Axne and Finkenauer’s tireless work on disaster recovery shows exactly what their first priority is: getting real results for the people of Iowa,” said DCCC Spokesperson Brooke Goren. “For thousands of families and businesses who lost everything in recent flooding, it must be good to know their representatives have their backs.”


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