Bush Signs Hurricane Aid Bill

President Bush (search) signed disaster aid to help hurricane victims in Florida and other states rebuild from hurricanes Charley, Frances, Jeanne and Ivan.

The bill signing, announced Wednesday night by the White House, clears the way for $11.6 billion in aid for the hurricane victims.

Another $2.9 billion in the measure is for farmers and ranchers hurt by drought and other natural disasters.

The election-season package was attached to a $10 billion military construction bill.

The bulk of the hurricane victims' aid — $6.5 billion — is for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (search), which helps individuals and state and local governments. Other money for damaged facilities or aid would go to the Defense Department, the Veterans Administration, the Small Business Administration, NASA (search) and other agencies.

Haiti, Jamaica and other Caribbean countries hit by hurricanes will get $100 million. The American Red Cross (search), whose resources were strained by the four storms, will get $70 million.