Washington, DC - Rep. Gene Green released the following statement regarding the passage of the conference report on H.R. 2346, the Supplemental Appropriations Act FY 2009. The Supplemental passed the House of Representatives 226-202, and will now be sent to President Obama.
The legislation provides funding for our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, fully funds military pay, plans to end the war in Iraq, $1 billion for the “Cash for Clunkers” program that will create jobs and better the economy, provides at least $1.5 billion for Pandemic Flu response, helps combat violence along the Southwest border, extends the new GI bill, and includes further funding for Hurricane Ike disaster relief for the recovery of the Texas Coast.
“Our military deserves all of the support they need and this bill gets them the funds they require to finish the 2009 fiscal year, and beyond that it is necessary to take care of military families by continuing to invest in improving military healthcare and family services,” said Green. “Additionally it is necessary to take steps now to protect our nation for a larger pandemic flu outbreak and I am glad this bill does so, among other things.”
"However, I am glad the FY 2009 Supplemental also includes relief for the Texas Coast as they continue their recovery efforts from Hurricane Ike. Too many areas are still trying to finish cleaning up and the 100 percent federal reimbursement provisions for debris removal in the supplemental will go a long way towards helping the coast recover.”
This funding comes on the heels of the President’s announcement last week that the Department of Housing and Urban Development will grant Texas $1.7 billion for continued rebuilding from the Community Development Block Grant Program.
“Additionally, the increase from 75 percent reimbursement to 90 percent for other federal programs will provide relief. This and the President's announcement of $1.7 billion for Texas Ike relief through the Community Block Grant Program will help ease the burden on communities that were struggling to meet the previously required match,” said Rep. Green.
“Congressmen Al Green, Sheila Jackson-Lee, and I have worked tirelessly to provide Texas with adequate assistance. I would like to especially thank Rep. Chet Edwards for representing the needs of the Texas Coast on the Appropriations Committee and on the Conference Committee."
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