Hawaii is poised to get yet another round of disaster recovery funding — more than $80 million this time, with most of it helping to relocate the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Those dollars are part of a $19 billion federal aid package passed by the Senate on Thursday. The Trump Administration wanted to include billions to address the influx of immigrants at the U.S. southern border and exclude recovery dollars for Puerto Rico. Senate leaders wanted the opposite.
Eventually, however, the Trump administration relented, according to media reports, and the president now fully supports the measure.
Nearly $70 million will go toward acquiring a new space for the U.S. Geological Survey-run observatory and operating it in a transitional space in the mean time, according to a press release out of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz’ office.
The remaining $11 million or so will go toward repairing damages at the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, Schatz’ release stated.
It’s the second release announcing disaster-relief funding to come out of his office in the past two weeks. The latest $80 million brings the federal share to deal with the spate of Hawaii natural disasters in 2018 to more than half a billion dollars.
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