Up to $1.1B in funding has been allocated to the U.S. Air Force in a new Senate bill intending to helpÂ the government inÂ disaster-relief efforts, Air Force Magazine reported Wednesday.
The Air Force budgetÂ is part of the $13.6B government-wide funding packageÂ to address the aftermath of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and wildfires, among other natural disasters. The bill was introduced by Republican Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Dan Sullivan of AlaskaÂ andÂ Alabama Democrat Doug Jones.
The over $1B budget for the Air Force would fund construction, operations and maintenance of the serviceâs installations affected during the 2018 hurricane season. Up to $700M would go to planning, design and construction projects for facilities damaged by Hurricane Michael, while the remaining $400M would be forÂ emergency spending. The bill states that the funding could support the serviceâs construction projects through Sept. 30, 2023.
If signed into law, lawmakers intend to require Air Force officials to submit a plan for how it will spend the funds before releasing the money.