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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Gene Green on Hurricane Harvey Emergency Funding: Relief is on the Way

September 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Representative Gene Green (D-TX) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed $7.9 billion in emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts:

“The emergency funding that passed today is the first step toward rebuilding our communities. Countless lives in Houston and Harris County have been put on hold – families who cannot return to their flooded homes, children whose schools were damaged, mothers and fathers who cannot go back to work. Hurricane Harvey was heartbreaking and traumatizing, but I am confident we will be stronger than before because we’ve already seen first-hand that we’re in this together.”

“Houstonians and Texans are a proud and independent people. We take pride in our can-do attitude, as witnessed by our brave first responders and countless volunteers who rescued neighbors during the worst of the flooding. The rebuilding of our communities will take years, and will require passage of a substantial aid package from Congress, but I am confident we’ll get there. I will continue to work with the Texas Delegation, Democrats and Republicans, to ensure our schools, businesses, and communities receive the help they need to get back on their feet. We don’t know how much recovery will cost at this point, but we do know Harvey was the most damaging storm to hit the United States, so we need to treat it that way.”