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Lawmakers Push For FEMA Changes
Peoria Representative Aaron Schock and 17th District's Cheri Bustos are pushing to bring fairness to the FEMA disaster declaration process, after federal agency denied aid to tornado ravaged cities like Washington.
Earlier this week, representatives introduced a bill aiming to change the FEMA equation used to determine aid for post-disaster public assistance.
Those cities initially spent under the $17.8 million dollar threshold required to receive aid for public assistance.
Representative Bustos tells News Partner News 25, the bill representatives introduced gives rural communities higher weight when figuring FEMA aid.
The money would pay or reimburse city for public service expenses like debris clean up, reconstruction and safety.
If signed into law, the bill would be retroactive and include natural disasters from 2013.