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  • Houston Chronicle: Thumbs up, thumbs down
    Posted in In the News on February 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Flooding

    Originally Published on | READ ONLINE (Thumbs up) Finally! Wonders of wonders, miracles of miracles, Houston actually has a Hurricane Harvey recovery bill. The $90 billion disaster aid package made its way through the Senate after surviving what Politico called "the dumbest shutdown ever" (more on that below). In this political day and age there's only one rational way to celebrate this accomplishment - a parade. We're thinking U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. John Culber... Read more

  • KRPC 2: Federal funding for Harvey recovery approved
    Posted in In the News on February 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Budget, Flooding

    By Staff | February 9, 2018 | Click here or on image below to watch the video HOUSTON - The bill signed by President Trump to end the short-lived government shutdown means much more to the city of Houston. The measure also gave the green light to federal funds to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery. The road to recovery after Harvey has been a long one. The long-term budget agreement not only ended the government shutdown, but also opened the door for billions of dollars in muc... Read more

  • Government support engenders confidence in Harvey recovery
    Posted in In the News on February 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Flooding

    Originally Published on Jewish Herald-Voice | READ ONLINE Texas’ congressional delegation has played a key role in helping Houston’s Jewish community recover from Hurricane Harvey. That assistance is acutely felt among members of United Orthodox Synagogues, who were forced to bid farewell to their synagogue’s flood-damaged building on Feb. 4. That building – one of the original synagogues that was built in Southwest Houston – has flooded three times in as many years. Harvey caused damages that a... Read more

  • Rep. Culberson Joins ABC 13 Houston to Discuss New Disaster Assistance Bill for Harvey Survivors
    Posted in In the News on February 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Flooding

    ABC13 Houston | Wednesday, February 7, 2018 On Wednesday, Rep. Culberson joined ABC13 Houston to discuss his new bill, the Disaster Assistance Rental Fairness Act, aimed to help Harvey Survivors. Under current law, FEMA is required to provide disaster relief to families affected by natural disasters. However, FEMA is denying rental assistance to individuals whose post-disaster housing costs are 30 percent or less of their household income. Culberson said the following: Rep. Culberson filed this ... Read more

  • Houston Chronicle Sunday letters: To space and beyond
    Posted in In the News on February 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, NASA

    READ ONLINE | Houston Chronicle | February 3, 2018 NASA supporter Regarding "Final frontier: The ISS has been orbiting for years, and we need to keep it flying beyond 2024" (Page A12, Thursday), I want to reassure the scientists, engineers and astronauts at NASA that I will fully fund the International Space Station, and I will do everything in my power to keep the International Space Station flying as long as the safety engineers tell us it is feasible to do so. Everyone who loves and supports ... Read more

  • ICYMI: PBS NewsHour Interview on Hurricane Harvey
    Posted in In the News on January 29, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Flooding

    Originally Published on | January 29, 2018 A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with PBS NewsHour to discuss the how I'm working to get the resources Houston needs to recover and rebuild from Hurricane Harvey. Getting approval of the House passed hurricane relief bill in the Senate remains at the top of my list, and I continue to work with Senators Cornyn and Cruz to ensure the Senate considers this bill as soon as possible. As recovery continues, please know I am committe... Read more

  • Long-sought Addicks, Barker revamp hinge on congressional politics
    Posted in In the News on January 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Flooding

    Originally Published in Houston Chronicle By Mihir Zaveri, January 24, 2018 Hopes for major improvements to the centerpiece of Houston's flood control system - the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Addicks and Barker dams - are hanging on an obscure provision of the 180-page disaster relief bill that has been languishing in Congress since December. Contentious issues such as immigration policy, children's health care and President Donald Trump's proposed border wall stole the national spotlight duri... Read more

  • Harvey Aid Promised As Congress Votes to Reopen Government
    Posted in In the News on January 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Flooding

    January 22, 2018 Originally published on Houston Chronicle By Kevin Diaz WASHINGTON - The federal government is back in business and hurricane relief for Texas and other disaster-stricken states is back on the table. The agreement that ended a three-day government shutdown Monday breathed new life into a crowded backlog of issues, including a long-delayed disaster relief package that got caught up in a broader funding dispute. The Senate approved the deal 81-18, with all but a handful of holdout... Read more

  • Prospects for Houston flood control projects uncertain amid Washington politics
    Posted in In the News on January 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Flooding

    By Mihir Zaveri | January 19, 2018 READ ONLINE After Hurricane Harvey killed dozens of people and swamped hundreds of thousands of homes, Houston leaders declared that major flood-control improvements could be put off no longer. Projects discussed for decades would be fast-tracked. The case for widening bayous, building new reservoirs and taking other measures to fortify Houston against extreme weather now was unassailable. Congress would provide the necessary go-ahead, and the money. That was t... Read more

  • Smith, Culberson: Space telescopes promise a universe of discovery
    Posted in In the News on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: NASA

    More than observe, upcoming missions will also include searching for life-supporting elements in atmospheres By Lamar Smith and John Culberson | January 17, 2018 Originally published in Houston Chronicle | READ ONLINE When one first focuses on the Ultra Deep Field image, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2004, it appears to be just a photo of the night sky. Dots, stars at first glance, clutter the image, but a longer, closer look leads to wonder and amazement. The image, which is a piec... Read more

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