New federal funding bill could send millions to Hawaii for disaster recovery

New federal funding bill could send millions to Hawaii for disaster recovery
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. House approved new legislation Wednesday that would send $1.7 billion to communities plagued by natural disasters nationwide.

The bill is now headed to the Senate, where it’s expected to easily pass.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said he expects the state could receive tens of millions in funding to help recovery efforts. So far, Hawaii has received more than $120 million in federal disaster funding: $56 million for the Big Island to recover from the Kilauea eruptions and $64 million for flooding on Kauai and Oahu.

“We've already started working with federal agencies and state county officials to make sure Hawaii puts forward a strong application and maximizes the federal revenue coming in,” Schatz said.

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