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CFO Jimmy Patronis: 7 Months Since Hurricane Michael and Still No Congressional Relief

5/10/2019

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 10, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com

CFO Jimmy Patronis: 7 Months Since Hurricane Michael and Still No Congressional Relief

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— On the seven-month anniversary of Hurricane Michael making landfall, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis released the following statement regarding the lack of congressional relief funding: 
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “It has been 212 days—SEVEN MONTHS—since Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle. Families are struggling, but we are still waiting on Congress to take action and pass necessary relief for these communities. Just insured losses alone from this storm total nearly $6.4 billion.
 
“President Trump came to Northwest Florida with great news this week: he continues to step up and will provide $448 million in new recovery funding. Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Rick Scott, Congressman Neal Dunn and Congressman Matt Gaetz have tirelessly fought for these residents. But Congress needs to take action and a congressional relief package cannot come soon enough. Families in these areas desperately need help now!”
 
- Congress passed an aid package worth $11.1 billion less than one month after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
- Congress approved an additional $51.8 billion relief and recovery 10 days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 (in addition to the $10.4 billion approved four days after landfall).
- Congress approved a disaster relief bill totaling approximately $50 billion 74 days after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).