Hurricane Aid Sails Through U.S. House
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) spoke before the U.S. House today before the chamber approved a disaster supplemental measure to assist the Hurricane Harvey federal response:
“I rise today in very strong support of this measure to allocate critical funds to urgent rescue and recovery operations currently underway in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The destruction from Hurricane Harvey is severe and the loss of life is heartbreaking. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping to lead the disaster response. FEMA needs immediate resources from Congress.
“Natural disasters can strike any part of this Nation at any time. No state is immune from the forces of nature and states and localities should never have to question if aid is on the way. Our excellent federal officials have the resources and experience to mitigate harm. They need to continue putting that experience to use, helping our neighbors in need protect critical infrastructure, contain hazardous sites and save lives.
“I thank Chairman Frelinghuysen for this leadership in assembling this immediate assistance for those in need.”
The disaster supplemental appropriation provides $7.85 billion in emergency funding, as requested by the Trump Administration, for the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to fund the initial response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey. $7.4 billion for Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) within FEMA will provide critical funding to assist the ongoing federal response to Hurricane Harvey and continue life-saving response and recovery efforts. The DRF provides assistance to states and localities for emergency protection, debris removal, repair and restoration of public infrastructure.