House passes Disaster Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act


WASHINGTON D.C. - On Thursday morning, The House of Representatives passed H.R. 3823, the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act.

H.R. 3823 does the following:

Allows for emergency tax relief for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration and several aviation programs through March 31, 2018. Reauthorizes Teaching Health Centers and Graduate Medical Education program through March 31, 2018. Requires that federally-backed mortgages must have flood insurance if they are in flood hazard areas and reinforces that private flood insurance counts as valid flood insurance as long as that policy is state-approved.

"Contained in the bill is reauthorization for the Teaching Health Centers program which is particularly important in rural areas, like Northern California, where doctor shortages are a real problem," Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-1) said. "This legislation also increases availability of flood insurance in high-risk areas and provides a tax break to our neighbors in the South, who have been severely impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in recent months."

Congressman John Garamendi (CA-3) voted against this bill.