Oct 16, 2017
Natural disasters: They just keep coming. In this episode, learn
about the disaster relief bill that will soon be law, get an update
from Puerto Rico from a member of the Coast Guard, and look into a
few new laws that included disaster relief provisions with special
guests Jessica Rhodes and Margy Feldhuhn. Also, get the scoop on
the existential crisis that Congressional Dish has been
experiencing and get a preview of exciting new changes coming soon
to your favorite Congress-focused podcast.
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- Authorizes funding for Federal
Aviation Administration projects and operations through March 31,
- If people affected by the hurricanes want to withdraw up to
$100,000 before January 1, 2019 from their retirement accounts, the
10% tax on early withdrawals from retirement plans will not apply.
- The money can be repaid within 3 years
- People with employer plans can get loans from the
retirement funds for up to $100,000 (double the usual amount) until
December 31, 2018. They will get an extra year to pay it back.
- Allows employers whose employees were affected by the
hurricanes to get a 40% tax credit for wages paid to
employees who couldn't work up to $6,000 per person
- Current law allows tax deductions for charitable contributions
to churches, private organizations, hospitals, & other
organizations as long as these don't make up more than 50% of that
person's charitable donations for the year. This is waived until the end of 2017 for
donations made for Harvey, Irma, and Maria relief.
- This will not be waived if the donation is
to a private foundation or to a new fund
Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
- The Secretary of the Treasury will give the US Virgin Islands
money equal to their revenue losses
from the hurricane. The government of the US Virgin Islands will
determine the amount
- Puerto Rico will be given money based on estimates made by the Secretary of
the Treasury for what Puerto Rico would have been given if they
had the same tax code. Puerto Rico will not be given the money
until Puerto Rico submits a plan that is approved by the Secretary
of the Treasury for distributing the payments to the
Division A: Additional Supplemental
Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act of 2017
- Appropriates $18.67 billion to
the DHS and FEMA for their disaster relief fund
- $4.9 billion will be for loans
to local governments to provide essential services needed as a
result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria
- Appropriates $526.5 million to
the Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service for fire
- Cancels $16 billion of National
Flood Insurance Program debt
- Appropriates $1.27 billion for
food for Puerto Rico
Division B: Bankruptcy Judgeship Act
- Changes how bankruptcy court judges are appointed and raises
Passed the House of Representatives on October 12, 2017 by a
vote of 353-69
- Article: For Puerto Rico's sake, scrap the
Jones Act by The Editors, Bloomberg, October 13, 2017.
- Article: Hurricane-battered flood insurance
program in need of funding by christopher Flavelle, Insurance
Journal, October 13, 2017.
- Article: House passes $36.5 billion disaster
relief package by Niv Elis and Cristina Marcos, The Hill,
October 12, 2017
- Article: Congress members demand to know the
true death toll in Puerto Rico by Alexa Liautaud, Vice News,
October 12, 2017.
- Article: House republican accuses media of
inventing Puerto Rico crisis by Aaron Rupar, ThinkProgress,
October 12, 2017.
Puerto Rico Relief Bill Cancels $16 Billion in Debt - But Not for
Puerto Rico by David Dayen, The Intercept, October 11,
- Article: Abbott: Texas may be about to get
'rolled' on Harvey aid package by Mike Ward and Kevin Diaz,
Houston Chronicle, October 11, 2017.
Outlining Provisions in the 2017 Disaster Tax Relief Bill by
Catherine E. Murray, AccountingWeb, October 11, 2017.
- Article: Bethenny Frankel charters 4 planes
to aid Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico: 'It is a war
zone' by Aurelie Corinthios and Liz McNeil, People, October 6,
- Article: Bethenny Frankel sends 10 planes to
Puerto Rico filled with hurricane relief supplies, Fox News,
October 5, 2017.
- Commentary: Senate acts to ease pressure on
bankruptcy courts and increase bankruptcy fees by Peter
Morrison, Lexocology, October 3, 2017.
- Commentary: Steve Mnuchin, foreclosure king, now
runs your US Treasury by Mary Plotkin, The Hill, January 17,
- Article: Trump Treasury Pick Mnuchin is much
richer than most people thought by Jen Wieczner, Fortune,
January 11, 2017.
- Commentary: Wilbur Ross and Steve Mnuchin -
Profiteers of the Great Foreclosure Machine - Go to Washington
by David Dayen, New Republic, November 30, 2016.
- Article: Donald Trump's Finance Chair is
Anti-Populist from Hell by David Dayen, New Republic, May 9,
- Article: What the Clinton Foundation is
costing Hilary by Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, February
- Article: Genome-wide scan demonstrates
significant linkage for male sexual orientation by A.R.
Sanders, E.R. Martin, G.W. Beecham, S. Guo, Cambridge University
Press, November 17, 2014.
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