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BAY COUNTY, Fla. — It’s been six months and one day since Hurricane Michael hit the panhandle and still no federal funding to help with recovery.

Congress begins their two-week recess on Monday and they have yet to approve a disaster relief bill.

Florida state leaders have been pushing for the current bill presented to be passed that would benefit the Panhandle, California and Puerto Rico.

On Thursday, Senator Marco Rubio said Northwest Florida feels forgotten and he just doesn’t understand why the bill can’t get passed. 

“My whole pitch is, we agree on 90% of it, why can’t we pass the 90% of disaster relief we agree on, we know we have to do another disaster relief bill soon, and the 10% we disagree on we’ll keep negotiating and make our final agreement on that part of the next disaster relief bill. But why are we keeping the people of northwest Florida waiting, if we already agree to help them?” said Senator Rubio.

The senator also said he hopes they can get it resolved once their Easter recess is over.

Congress will be back in session on April 26, 2019.

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