Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement Following the Passage of Hurricane Supplemental Funding
WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, September 8, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation for emergency supplemental funding. The Senate amendment to H.R. 601. provides $15.25 billion in emergency supplemental funding immediately in response to damage caused by federally declared disasters, including Hurricane Harvey and the incoming Hurricane Irma:
“I am pleased by our efforts in Congress this week to pass a bill that will respond to the damages of current and future natural disasters that leave our cities and towns in peril,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “There are many who are suffering emotionally and physically from the loss of their loved ones, homes, businesses, and mobility, so I commend the efforts by both chambers in Congress for working expediently to provide emergency funding that will assist in the recovery and rebuilding efforts across Texas.”
“I want Texans to know that I stand ready to assist them along the road to recovery for the cities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”
Absent this additional funding, the Office of Management and Budget has indicated that FEMA will run out of disaster relief money by Saturday, September 9. The bill totals $15.25 billion in emergency supplemental funding. $7.4 billion is allocated to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), while $7.4 billion is allocated to the Community Development Block Grant programs to aid disaster recovery. An additional $450 million will go to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster loan program to assist small businesses in recovery.