Tennessee communities trying to rebuild from historic flooding could be in line for more money from the federal government. A U.S. Senate committee approved billions of dollars in extra emergency funds for states on Thursday. Tennessee’s share is $150 million.
The President’s request for Iraq and Afghanistan funding included $5 billion in disaster relief for all states. Republican Senator Lamar Alexander says the money could help restart businesses that were closed after the flood, and also pay for costs to rebuild roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
“Not only do I want to say thank you to the committee for its fast work I believe these are important first steps for what is going to be a long term recovery for the people of Tennessee.”
Senator Alexander says Tennessee will also be eligible for federal dollars to pay for dredging along the Mississippi River. Senators hope to bring the legislation to the floor before Memorial Day Recess.
Capitol News Connection reporter Sara Sciammacco produced this report.