Lawmakers press Biden for new disaster funding request

By Andres Picon | 05/15/2024 06:21 AM EDT

Discussions about a domestic supplemental have been on the backburner for months.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) is taking a leading role in calling for action on supplemental disaster spending. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Senate Democrats are putting new pressure on President Joe Biden to re-up and expand his past requests for federal disaster money.

In a letter to Biden released Tuesday, 10 senators — led by Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz — urged the president to issue an updated accounting of needs.

The missive came as congressional appropriators ramp up their work on fiscal 2025 spending and as Schatz works to rally support for his “Reforming Disaster Recovery Act,” S. 1686, which he introduced a year ago.


Last week’s letter laid out concerns about recent disasters — including the collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge earlier this year — and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s dwindling relief fund.