Legislation also includes a reauthorization of the National Flood insurance Program and a continuing resolution enabling the Federal Government to remain open through December

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WASHINGTON– Today, The United States House of Representatives approved legislation that includes $15.25 billion in aid for areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters. As a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Homeland Security Subcommittee which funds the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), securing necessary funding for residents in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey was a top priority for Congressman Cuellar (TX-28). With the passing of this bill, the relief funds will now go to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

In addition to speaking on the House floor about the urgency of Harvey recovery efforts and organizing a bipartisan Texas Delegation luncheon, Rep. Cuellar also spoke to Governor Greg Abbott and appointed Harvey Relief Chairman John Sharp on how to best secure and utilize the funds for relief efforts.

“I’m happy to get this Bill, a down payment on the relief efforts, passed by Congress and I’m glad that I could help secure the funding for the people of Texas and Louisiana” said Rep. Cuellar. “Leadership isn’t about what you say, it’s about what you do and I am satisfied with the work that my colleagues and I are doing to ensure Texas’ recovery from this catastrophic event. I also want to thank Governor Greg Abbot, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harvey Relief Chairman John Sharp, along with all others working so diligently on these relief efforts. It is truly an all-around team effort and together, once again, we are proving that Texans can count on each other in times of need.”

This legislation also ensures Government funding through the end of the year, an extension of the debt limit (enabling the US to not default on its obligations), and a reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, an essential tool to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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