CONGRESSMAN MORELLE VOTES TO PROVIDE RELIEF AND RECOVERY ASSISTANCE FOR AMERICANS AFFECTED BY NATURAL DISASTERS AND RE-OPEN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH FEBRUARY 8
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle voted to support legislation (H.R. 268) that would appropriate emergency relief and recovery assistance for Americans affected by recent hurricanes, typhoons, wildfires, and other natural disasters. In addition, the legislation includes a continuing resolution to re-open the federal government in its entirety through February 8 to ensure operations are in place to meet the needs of disaster victims affected by this bill.
“After a disaster, it is crucial that we help ensure our neighbors in need have the recourses and assistance to get their lives back on track,” said Rep. Morelle. “This legislation not only provides much-needed relief, it also takes important steps to plan ahead for future disasters, which unfortunately are becoming more and more frequent due to the significant impacts of climate change.”
Totaling $12.14 billion in emergency spending, this legislation includes funding for infrastructure and economic and community development, assistance to farmers and rural communities, and nutrition and Medicaid assistance to Puerto Rico. In addition, the bill includes important resiliency funding to mitigate damage from future disasters that are accelerating in number due to climate change.
Also included in the bill is a continuing resolution to end the shutdown and re-open the federal government through February 8, ensuring services are available to meet the needs of disaster victims affected by this legislation.
“The House has voted repeatedly to end the shutdown so that essential services Americans rely on, like disaster relief, will be restored,” continued Rep. Morelle. “It is our hope that the Senate and the President follow suit and finally take up our measures—which have bipartisan support—to fund the government and support the needs of working families.”