Congress provided $136 billion or more in funding for recovery from hurricanes and other disasters from 2011 through 2013, according to a report from the Center for American Progress. No federal agency had tracked the total spending on such efforts, the report said. "If we don't even know how much natural disasters are costing us, then Congress is going to keep under-budgeting for disaster relief and recovery. And lawmakers will end up doing deficit spending to pay for it," report co-author Daniel Weiss said.

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