Press Release

Congressman Cuellar’s Statement on Disaster Supplemental Bill

$81 Billion Dollar Disaster Relief Fund

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WASHINGTON, December 21, 2017 | Olya Voytovich ((202) 226-1583) | comments
Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and Homeland Security Subcommittee, released the following statement today on the disaster supplemental bill that passed today in the House of Representatives:

“I would like to thank both Democrats and Republicans from the Texas and Florida delegations, who worked together in a bi-partisan fashion and put together a funding package that will provide our districts with the necessary resources to get back on track. I also appreciate the help that leadership has given in an effort to provide sufficient funding for states affected by natural disasters.

The disaster supplemental will allocate $81 billion dollars to states like Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and California, who will use this money to start rebuilding their communities and implement strategies that will help prevent future destruction,” said Congressman Cuellar.

“This is the largest amount of funding distributed at one time for federal disaster relief and it will help thousands of citizens in dire needs of hurricane assistance. Although we are appreciative of this funding package, we must also recognize that individuals in these areas still need our help and we must continue to do our part in aiding people in recovery.

For this reason, I will work with my colleagues in Congress to support states affected by these devastating disasters.”
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