September 3, 2017
House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today released the text of legislation to provide emergency funding to address response and recovery needs from Hurricane Harvey.
The bill contains the full amount requested by the Administration – totaling $7.85 billion in emergency funding, including $7.4 billion for FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund (DRF). This will ensure FEMA can meet all current needs for response and recovery efforts, while also being prepared for any additional disasters that may arise.
It also includes $450 million to support the Small Business Administration's disaster loan program to assist small businesses and homeowners begin to rebuild.
Chairman Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the release of the legislation:
“Hurricane Harvey has caused massive damage across Texas and Louisiana and has been devastating to the hundreds of thousands of victims of catastrophic flooding and other storm-related destruction. It is time to come together as a country to help one another and assist the individuals, families, and communities who have suffered so greatly.
“This bill will help states with disaster response and immediate recovery needs in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. These funds will be used to continue life-saving response and recovery missions, help start housing repair, and provide speedy and low-interest loans to businesses and homeowners to start the rebuilding process - and ultimately, give hope to all those affected and help them get back on their feet.
“These funds are needed, and they are needed now. I expect the House to move rapidly to approve this assistance.
“It is clear that this recovery will be a long haul – and additional assistance will be necessary in the near future. My Committee will continue to keep close watch and will remain in contact with the Administration to ensure that funding is available for recovery both now and down the road.
"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Texas, Louisiana, and all those affected, and we assure them that in their time of greatest need, we will come through for them."
For the text of the legislation, please visit: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20170904/HR____HARVEY-2.pdf