IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 9, 2019
Mr. Manchin (for himself, Mr. Cornyn, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Cruz, Mr. Tillis, and Ms. Harris) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to immediately release certain grant funds awarded for mitigation activities under the Community Development Block Grant program, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act of 2019.
Congress finds the following:
Funding for mitigation activities was appropriated to the Department of Housing and Urban Development by Congress in February 2018 under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Public Law 115–123; 132 Stat. 64).
The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development told Congress that the funding described in paragraph (1) would be released by May 1, 2019.
May 1, 2019, has come and gone with no official explanation as to the reason for the continued delay in releasing the funds.
For all amounts made available for mitigation activities under the heading
Department of Housing and Urban Development—Community Planning and Development—Community Development Fund in Public Law 115–123, and awarded as grants by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall, not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, release such amounts awarded to all eligible grantees, regardless of any further studies as may be otherwise required by law.