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Roe Statement on Supplemental Aid for Harvey Victims

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Washington, September 8, 2017 | Lani Short (202-225-6356) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after voting in support of disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey victims:

“As I have watched the heart-wrenching damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas and parts of Louisiana, and as we anticipate the likely damage to be caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida and other parts of the southeast this upcoming weekend, I believe it’s critical we stand together as Americans and ensure those affected get the resources they need to rebuild. While I would have preferred addressing the debt ceiling and regular government funding in a different package, this was the package the president negotiated. I thank the courageous first responders and volunteers who are working around the clock to help the affected areas recover and rebuild.”

H.R. 601 included $15.25 billion in emergency funding for the Federal Emergency Management Association, which was slated to run out of funds on September 9, the Small Business Administration, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the initial response to both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. In addition, the legislation included a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 8 and included a temporary increase in the debt ceiling until December 8.
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