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Gov. McMaster Joins Governors Requesting Disaster Assistance from Congress  



COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Henry McMaster has joined Governors John Bel Edwards, Nathan Deal, Roy Cooper, and Jim Justice in requesting that Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding be included in the Continuing Resolution being considered by Congress. Combined, the states are requesting approximately $3.6 billion in funding from disasters.

“As Governors of five states hit with catastrophic disasters within the last year, we write to request the inclusion of disaster relief funding in the upcoming Continuing Resolution to be considered by Congress,” the governors wrote in a letter sent to the U.S. House and U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee leaders. “There is an urgent need to provide relief for the families and individuals who have been impacted and the help of the federal government is critical. For families and communities across this country working to rebuild from these disasters, the recovery timeline does not wait for congressional appropriations or the federal funding process. In each of our states, our people need your assistance today.”

Specifically, Governor McMaster requested $220 million for housing needs related to the ongoing recovery efforts resulting from the historic flooding of 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. All of the currently appropriated dollars are dedicated to housing and the request for new funds will support remaining housing needs for the neediest families.

A copy of the letter can be found on the governor's website.