The House Republican leadership unveiled a package of $1 billion in aid Thursday to help states fight wildfires that have killed dozens of people.
The $1,250 package, called the Fire and Emergency Assistance and Emergency Response Assistance Act, includes $500 million for firefighting efforts, including more than $1 million for the National Guard.
The bill also includes $300 million for grants for wildfire victims.
The House also gave final approval to a measure that would help states and localities create fire-fighting zones.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said the bill would create the “most significant fire-resilience assistance program in the country.”
He said it would also make it easier for states to request federal assistance to deal with wildfire emergencies.
“This bill will help save lives,” McCarthy said.
“It will make it possible for states and communities to save lives.”
A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement that the bill “ensures that Americans can get the help they need to rebuild their homes, businesses and communities in the aftermath of the wildfires that ravaged our state in October.”
The bill would also provide $2.7 billion in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and $600 million in emergency grants for local governments and public agencies.
The legislation would also include $5 billion in federal disaster aid to the states for wildfire mitigation.
McCarthy also said the measure would help the nation’s wildfire fighters fight fires by increasing their training and equipment.
“I’m pleased to announce this critical emergency aid package,” McCarthy wrote in a tweet.
“The President and I are committed to putting together a strong response to this deadly threat and helping all Americans to rebuild.
I look forward to working with all Members of Congress to work out the details.”