House Votes to Provide Relief from Hurricane Harvey
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House voted on Wednesday to provide $7,850,000,000 in emergency disaster relief funding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. $7,400,000,000 will be distributed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund and $450,000,000 to the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Disaster Loans Program.
LaMalfa said: “Today the House appropriately voted to provide funding for those who have been tragically impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. But we also have a serious crisis in the Western United States that also needs our attention – wild fires destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of land in Northern California, Montana, and many other areas. So far in 2017, nearly 8 million acres are either burning or have been burned in western states, which most around the country are likely not even aware of. With Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic and barreling towards Florida, our support right now must rightfully go to our fellow Americans in the southeast. Today we focus on beginning the process of helping those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and soon we’ll shift that focus to those who will be affected by Irma, but we must also not forget those in the western United States that are dealing with a severe tragedy of their own.”
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.