Rep. Culberson Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Budget Deal Guaranteeing Disaster Aid for Harvey Survivors
Washington D.C. - Today Representative John Culberson (TX-07) released the following statement after Congress passed a bipartisan budget deal to include a continuing resolution through March 23 and $89.3 billion in emergency federal assistance. This money will help states, communities, businesses, and individuals recover from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria; wildfires; and other disasters:
“I’m pleased that Congress has reached a desperately needed long-term budget agreement today, and I am grateful for the efforts of Senators Cornyn and Cruz to successfully attach the Hurricane Harvey Emergency funding bill to this legislation. Countless families in District 7 have contacted my office for help after Hurricane Harvey, and I’m relieved to tell them that additional help is finally on the way.
“This comprehensive budget agreement will allow the Appropriations Committee to do our job for the next two years, will strengthen our military, and will get the $89.3 billion of disaster relief money to the hands of all the suffering Texans, Louisianans, Floridians, and Puerto Ricans who have been waiting far too long for the assistance they need and deserve.
“I’m also very pleased that the changes I fought so hard for in the House version of the Hurricane Harvey relief bill are included in this package. As I requested, this bill fully funds all federally authorized flood control projects in Harris County and in all other Texas disaster area counties. This means Brays Bayou can be finished with front loaded funding. It will ensure that the Army Corps of Engineers prioritizes funding to counties like Harris that have suffered repeated floods in recent years. In turn, this will help us get a third reservoir built to keep water out of Addicks and Barker Reservoirs. It also makes certain that those who apply for an SBA loan and decide not to accept the money would be eligible for Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds later. The legislation also ensures that religious nonprofit organizations are eligible for certain disaster assistance in the aftermath of a storm.
“I thank President Trump for signing this legislation into law so that my district receives the resources it needs to heal from Harvey. In the weeks ahead, I will continue to push House leadership to bring a balanced budget constitutional amendment to the floor, as well as legislation to rescue Social Security and Medicare from insolvency so that we can finally balance the federal budget.”
Highlights of the supplemental appropriations package include: