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Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Equitable Rebuild Act of 2017

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A bill to provide additional disaster recovery assistance for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, and for other purposes.

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11/28/2017Introduced in Senate

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11/28/2017Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
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Senate Finance11/28/2017 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (11/28/2017)

Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Equitable Rebuild Act of 2017

This bill provides for additional disaster-recovery assistance and other assistance to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with respect to infrastructure, health care, agriculture, education, economic development, and environmental remediation, among other sectors. Specifically, regarding both territories, the bill:

  • provides for the use of certain emergency assistance to rebuild electric grids;
  • establishes several grant programs to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy;
  • subject to specified oversight requirements, increases funding for transportation infrastructure, telecommunications systems, housing, and community development;
  • increases funding for the Medicaid and Medicare programs;
  • temporarily increases social-services block-grant allotments;
  • increases funding for, and otherwise revises, rural and agricultural programs;
  • increases funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs;
  • provides for aid to the Head Start program, elementary and secondary education programs, and higher education programs;
  • increases funding for training and employment services;
  • modifies provisions concerning the earned-income tax credit, the child tax credit, and unemployment assistance;
  • increases funding for economic and community development programs;
  • increases funding for environmental remediation; and
  • otherwise modifies provisions related to emergency funding and disaster-recovery assistance.

In addition, the bill:

  • extends Medicaid waiver authority to all territories, provides for Medicaid disproportionate share hospital allotments to the territories, and otherwise revises the Medicaid and Medicare programs with respect to the territories;
  • extends participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to all territories;
  • modifies provisions concerning the application of certain workers' protections in Puerto Rico; and
  • requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to submit to Congress a long-term disaster-relief plan with respect to Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands.