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Local governments, groups still await money for migrant care

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — The federal government owes tens of millions of dollars to local governments and nonprofits, and it’s not paying up. 

Congress approved $30 million to reimburse cities, counties, churches and others who have provided care for migrants taken into custody on the Mexican border — but for weeks that money has been held up in Washington.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency was supposed to start accepting reimbursement applications on July 31, but U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, said FEMA has put the payments on hold while it revamped its application and payment process.

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, said Congress needs to put pressure on FEMA, saying:

“It is now time for the oversight role to make sure that these resources to reimburse these communities that are taking on the burden of the federal government, that they are getting reimbursed and made whole.”

Cuellar said FEMA needs to get moving; the federal fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

FEMA may soon be ready to open the checkbook. It has warned local communities to start preparing applications, saying in a notice: “Time is of the essence … be prepared for an accelerated application process.”


Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.