My Vote on the FY17 Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief

Natural disasters cause significant damage to residents and businesses across our state and the country. Folks who have to pick up the pieces after their property is damaged need a helping hand – no matter where they live. That was on the minds of many members of Congress today as we took a vote on approve disaster relief for Texas and Louisiana after they were struck by Hurricane Harvey.

It’s why I voted to approve the FY17 Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief to provide additional investments for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration. Already we’ve seen reports that FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund could run out of money as soon as Friday without additional support. That’s not good because money from FEMA helps provide shelter, food, clothing, medicine while restoring public roads and buildings. We’ve seen the massive damage this has caused, we know how many lives have been upended. I’m glad the House came together today to pass this bill and I’m hopeful we can get it quickly to the President’s desk for his signature.