Hurricane Florence Relief Headed to NC

Today, President Trump signed disaster relief legislation into law, which will bring relief to North Carolina’s farmers, communities, and military installations. Since last fall, I have been working with Congressional leaders to ensure our state receives the resources it needs to recover from Hurricane Florence. This funding includes:

  • $381 million to repair damages to Marine Corps installations, including Camp Lejeune.
  • $1 billion for the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies account to better support emergency preparation and repairs for floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.
  • $600 million for the planning and construction of projects to replace facilities damaged by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
  • $2.4 billion for Community Development Block Grants for disasters since 2017, and permits states to interchangeably use funds from Hurricane Matthew for Hurricane Florence.
  • $3 billion for farm disaster assistance to cover producers’ losses stemming from the 2018 and 2019 natural disasters.
  • $168 million in mitigation dollars, which were appropriated to North Carolina in 2018, to be distributed to the state within the next 90 days.

Touring Camp Lejeune's Recovery Efforts


I recently visited Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River to tour storm damage caused by Hurricane Florence. I recently worked to secure over $1.3 billion in funds that will go to North Carolina’s military installations in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), bipartisan legislation that funds our nation's military. The bill passed out of the Senate Armed Services Committee and is now being considered by the Senate. This includes:

  • $936 billion towards Camp Lejeune
  • $340 million towards facilities sustainment, restoration and maintenance
  • $64.6 million towards MCAS Cherry Point
  • $11.32 million towards MCAS New River


Senator Tillis tours Camp Lejeune hurricane damage


"Eight months after Hurricane Florence, Camp Lejeune is still working to rebuild. The base still needs about $4 billion much of it linked to a Disaster Relief bill. On Friday, Senator Thom Tillis toured the damage at the base.  Senator Tillis got to tour some of the barracks and admin buildings here at Camp Lejeune that are still damaged because of Hurricane Florence..."


Sen. Tillis surveys Florence-related damage to Camp Lejeune


"...A total of 137 buildings on base need to be demolished and 43 purpose-built buildings will also be constructed. Officials say the repairs will reduce the base's overall building footprint and that means less energy will be used. Tillis said it's about helping those who defend our country.

"Get relief to people who need it, particularly when you're talking about men and women in the Marines and their families that are down here," Tillis said. "Some of them are still displaced. This is not the time to play politics or play perfect..."

Legislation to Crackdown on Illegal Robocalls Passes Senate

Some great news for the many North Carolinians, including myself, who are regularly harassed with an endless barrage of robocalls. The Senate recently passed the TRACED Act, bipartisan legislation I co-sponsored that would crackdown on illegal robocalls and impose strong penalties on those behind the calls. I’m confident this much-needed legislation will pass the House and be signed into law soon.

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