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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 16, 2006

Fact Sheet: President Bush Requests $19.8 Billion for Hurricane Recovery

      Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives
      In Focus: Hurricane Recovery

Today's Presidential Action:

Today, President Bush asked Congress for $19.8 Billion in Emergency Funding to Support Ongoing Hurricane Recovery Efforts. President Bush is committed to helping residents of the Gulf Coast rebuild their lives in the wake of the disaster, and these additional funds will support ongoing recovery efforts of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Small Business Administration (SBA), and other Federal government agencies.

To date, the President and Congress have provided over $87 billion for Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief and recovery efforts. With these funds, FEMA and other Federal agencies, working with faith-based and other humanitarian organizations, have responded to the immediate housing, food, and medical needs of evacuees, continued response and recovery efforts, and provided support for urgently needed repairs to local government facilities such as schools and other public buildings.

The supplemental funds requested today will build on these recovery efforts by assisting families, rebuilding communities, combating fraud, renewing vital Federal facilities, restoring the environment, and strengthening hurricane defenses.

The American People Have Made An Unprecedented Commitment To The Gulf Coast

The Administration is Providing Local Officials the Resources Necessary to Rebuild

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