Congress passed legislation Wednesday to send $1.7 billion in disaster relief aid to North Carolina and South Carolina after Hurricane Florence — the first influx of federal funding for long-term recovery efforts but not the last.
Congress authorized the project for up to $526 million in federal money, but the Trump administration says Panther Island doesn’t qualify for Army Corps Civil Works money, and must now compete with a long list of other non-essential priorities.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office warned in April that ICE has consistently underestimated the cost of running its detention program. Two months later, the Trump administration asked Rep. Kevin Yoder to sign off on another $200 million for the agency.
Congressional Republican leaders are confident the government has enough money in FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to help with Hurricane Florence relief. But some Democrats think more money will be needed.
Immigration lobbyists have pitched Rep. Kevin Yoder’s office on a proposal to pay for hurricane disaster relief by allowing high-skilled workers from India and China to obtain green cards after decades of waiting.
Congress is poised to continue spending $25 million a year into finding a way to stop citrus greening. But some on the farm bill conference committee want to eliminate the special category created for citrus research.
Congress is unlikely to heed pleas from the Trump administration and California Republicans to pass controversial forestry measures in the 2019 Farm Bill, which lawmakers are trying to finalize this month.
The Trump administration has a new plan to reduce the risk of forest fires by enabling better collaboration with state and local officials. But it’s short on details and ducks issues like climate change and logging.
Providing adequate funding, closing the achievement gap and improving teacher pay were ranked as the top education issues by a group of 60 North Carolina Influencers who are leaders in the political, business, academic and faith communities.
U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Robert C. O'Brien speaks at the National Press Club about his role working with foreign governments and U.S. reporters to return captured journalist Austin Tice, November 13, 2018.