President Donald Trump signed legislation on Wednesday that provides federal funding for disaster relief for the first time in history, the White House announced.
The White House also announced that it would provide $25 billion to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana.
The House passed the bill, which is now headed to Trump’s desk, with Republican support and Democrats voting against it.
It is the first of four major infrastructure bills that Trump signed into law.
The bill also authorizes $25.5 billion in disaster aid for Texas and $3 billion in Louisiana, and it includes a provision that would pay for all new construction on the nation’s highways and bridges.
The money is meant to help ease a backlog of repairs and rebuild damaged infrastructure.
Trump has called for $25 trillion in spending for rebuilding the country’s infrastructure.
The White House has said the money will be used to improve the lives of the 1.3 million Americans living in flood-ravaged areas.