House GOP Leaves Disaster Struck Communities on the Hook
The Motion to Recommit today would have waived the local cost-share and ensured that the federal government would cover 100 percent of the eligible costs associated with these recent natural disasters, just as was done for Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, Dennis and Rita.
This is critical because many states – like Florida and Georgia – did not have dedicated disaster funds set aside to pay for such requirements. The result is that these disasters will require states to dip into their operating budgets – meaning less money for roads, business investment, health care, and schools.
In addition, many communities hit by these disasters are struggling financially as businesses close, homes are rebuilt, and many individuals leave for good. This reshuffling of economic fortunes creates massive financial stress. It is in our power to help these towns and cities whether they are in Georgia, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico.
But instead of relieving the financial burdens felt by families struck by disaster, the House Republicans below (from Georgia, Florida, Texas, Louisiana and California) voted to leave these hard-hit communities on the hook:
Drew Ferguson IV
Louie Gohmert Jr.
Democrats continue to stand with all Americans devastated by these disasters, and we will work tirelessly to provide the resources they need to repair, recover, and rebuild for a more resilient future.