From CQ-Roll Call
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously agreed to pass legislation to remove the annual aid ceiling under a Department of Health and Human Services program designed to help American citizens return from war zones or similar crises.
This measure will increase the funding ceiling of the U.S. repatriation program from $1 million in this fiscal year and next fiscal year to $10 million. In this case, the money will be used for U.S. evacuated from Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal People, the plan was completed on Monday.
Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the preparatory meeting of the Senate, and the bill passed without objection. Before the Senate took action, a White House official stated that Harris’ presence was to “pass a bill that would facilitate the repatriation of Americans from Afghanistan.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out last year, lawmakers and the Trump administration provided similar assistance to Americans stranded overseas.
The HHS Repatriation Program provides cash payments, medical assistance, temporary housing, transportation, and counseling for U.S. citizens and their families. Eligible individuals include those who have been identified by the State Department as “no resources available” and have returned from foreign countries due to “poverty, disease, war, war threats, or similar crises.”
After the bill withdrew from the fundraising and budget group, it passed the House of Representatives by unanimous agreement on August 25. This funding was designated as an emergency request to prevent it from placing the deficit-increasing bill outside the rule of potential order points that require 60 votes to be abandoned.
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