Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending the 22nd Annual Vietnamese-American Youth Recognition Luncheon. This event honors valedictorians and salutatorians from high schools all over the Houston area, and I was proud to wish these students well as they head to college. While at the event, I visited with Will Nguyen and his sister, Victoria.
I’m immensely pleased that Will returned safely to the United States and is back with his family. I worked on ensuring his safe return for many weeks with other Members of Congress, the State Department and the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam.
I also met with a very inspiring group of kids living with Type 1 Diabetes. We celebrated the additional funding I helped secure this year to ensure there is enough money to keep America on track to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. I will continue to strongly push for life-saving diabetes research in Congress.
As we near the one-year deadline of Hurricane Harvey, I want to ensure that every Houstonian affected by the storm has a chance to apply for the National Flood Insurance Program. To be certain of this, I wrote a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long urging him to extend the National Flood Insurance Program deadline for submitting proof of loss for claims for an additional six months.
I reminded him that after Superstorm Sandy, the proof of loss deadline was further extended to grant individuals two years to file the proper documents. More recently, after the August 2016 floods in Louisiana, additional extensions were granted for as long as 18 months after the storm. Harvey survivors need more time, and I want everyone who needs help to have the opportunity to apply. I will continue fighting to help all our neighbors affected by Harvey.
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