Harkin Says $10 Billion Earmarked For Midwest Flood Relief

JULY 31ST, 2008 | Harkin for Senate

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Senator Tom Harkin says more than $10 billion in disaster aid, including $182 million for a new federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids, has the backing of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Harkin says not all of the money is earmarked for Iowa, but since the state was the hardest hit by flooding last month, much of the funding will be directed here.

Harkin says the numbers are tentative because congressional leaders have delayed action on disaster assistance until after their August recess.

Harkin says he’s disappointed that the money was not approved before Congress’ August recess, but says he is pleased that a number has been set.

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