FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 12, 2022
 Contact: Press_Paul@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Prioritizing Disaster Relief Act, which would authorize states and localities to use unspent COVID-19 relief funds to help repair and rebuild in federally declared disaster areas. 

“My home state of Kentucky has experienced two unprecedented disasters in the past year, both of which have left a major impact on our Commonwealth. As we continue to recover, I remain committed to doing all that I can in helping Kentuckians repair and rebuild their homes and businesses,” said Dr. Paul. “In an effort to respond to the ongoing needs and concerns of people on the ground, my bill prioritizes disaster relief efforts by freeing up already appropriated and unspent COVID-19 relief funds to go to those who need it most. Whether it be a flood in eastern Kentucky, tornado in western Kentucky, hurricane in Florida, or fire in California, my bill would unlock millions of leftover COVID-19 funds to be immediately used to help rebuild homes and businesses in disaster areas.”

On August 9, while visiting the flooded areas of Eastern Kentucky, Dr. Paul sent letters to both President Joe Biden and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear requesting issue waivers authorizing the Commonwealth of Kentucky and communities affected by major disasters to use unspent COVID-19 relief funds to repair and rebuild homes and businesses damaged within a federally declared disaster area. 

You can read the Prioritizing Disaster Relief Act HERE.

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