House Passes Disaster Relief Funds After Hurricane Harvey; Local Lawmakers React

Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, lawmakers approved $7.9 billion in relief for Harvey victims. The package now heads to the Senate.  Local lawmakers in our area have sent the following statements about the relief package. 

“Marcelle and I have held the people of Texas and Louisiana in our prayers and looked on in horror as we saw Harvey’s destruction unfold over the last two weeks.  A disaster of this magnitude demands the full support of the United States Government, and I am glad the House approved additional funding for disaster relief.  Now the Senate must act, and we must act promptly, because FEMA is expected to exhaust its disaster relief funds by Friday.

My fellow Vermonters are all too familiar with the images of destruction coming out of Texas.  It was only six years ago that Tropical Storm Irene tore through the Green Mountain State, leaving a wound we are still trying to heal today.  Republicans and Democrats in the Senate stood by my side then to help Vermont rebuild, and I will stand by their side now.  It will require years of federal support, and we must not let our commitment fade.

We live in a world where “100-year storms” seem to have become annual occurrences. Just now, Hurricane Irma has struck Puerto Rico and continues on its path toward Florida and the East Coast. We must invest in technology, conservation and infrastructure that will mitigate further damage and make our communities more resilient.  This is what we did after Irene and Superstorm Sandy, and we should do that now,” Senator Patrick Leahy, Vt.

Millions of our fellow Americans are struggling in Harvey’s aftermath, and people across the nation are stepping up to help out. It’s our job in Congress to do the same,” said Shea-Porter. “Providing disaster relief is one of the federal government’s core responsibilities. With another devastating hurricane on the horizon, I will keep working to make sure our nation is there for its citizens during their times of greatest need,” Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, N.H.

“Thousands and thousands of families across Texas were devastated by this terrible storm, and the local response from our district has been overwhelming,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “We’ve seen so many North Country families step up to volunteer and donate to the Harvey Relief efforts, and brave soldiers from Fort Drum have also been deployed. The federal government needs to provide disaster relief for situations like this, and as Hurricane Irma moves closer to the United States, it’s important that Congress signals that we will support relief from these devastating natural disasters. I was pleased to work in a bipartisan fashion with my colleagues today to pass this critical aid package,” Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, N.Y.


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