RELEASE: Fleischmann on the Emergency Disaster Aid Package
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) issued the following statement in support of H.R. 4667, the Emergency Disaster Aid Package:
“Wildfires continue to burn hundreds of thousands of acres across the Californian terrain, and the results of relentless flooding from storms Harvey, Irma, and Maria reduced neighborhoods throughout Texas and the southern United States to ruins, leaving Americans with no place to call home this holiday season. This is a heartbreaking reality for thousands of families, and while emergency agencies have been working tirelessly to provide assistance since these tragedies occurred, there is still a great deal of work that remains.
Today, the House passed $81 billion in FY18 emergency funding. Of the $81 billion, $27.6 billion will be used to replenish the depleted funds for FEMA operations and the Disaster Relief Fund for all areas affected by hurricanes and wildfires. An additional $27.8 billion will go towards Transportation, Housing and Urban Development restoration of public transit and FAA facilities in conjunction with community relief efforts. $12.11 billion will be designated specifically to provide the Army Corps of Engineers with the means to assist Puerto Ricans in their efforts to rebuild.
As our fellow Americans continue to put pieces back together after the natural disasters of 2017, I am committed to do my part to help those in need."