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Disaster supplement bill to include down payment helping Nebraskans

Posted: 4:08 PM, Mar 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-26 17:08:08-04
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KMTV) — The Senate Appropriations Committee released a transcript of the disaster supplemental bill on Tuesday, which is including a down payment helping Nebraskans affected by catastrophic flooding.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer issued the following statement today regarding the bill:

“Nebraskans are facing the worst natural disaster in our state’s history and that’s why for the past week and a half I’ve worked hard to add Nebraska to this disaster relief bill. The legislation released today includes a down payment to help Nebraska Ag producers and communities rebuild and recover from the catastrophic damage. This is a good start, but we have a long road ahead and I’m going to continue to fight for Nebraska every step of the way.”

Under this bill, Nebraskans are also eligible for other programs, including the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program--which would make funds available to agricultural producers for expenses related to losses as a result of Nebraska flooding and make applicants eligible to receive up to $125,000. Some could receive a higher amount if 3/4 or more of their income is from farming or another agriculture-based business.

Nebraskans are eligible for Economic Development Assistance Programs as well. Under this program, Nebraska tribes, communities and organizations can apply for disaster grants supporting a wide range of construction and non-construction activities. This includes expenses related to flood mitigation, disaster relief, recovery, and restoration.

Go here to read more about programs that Nebraskans are eligible for.