Rep. Green and “Team Texas” to coordinate federal funding for hurricane Ike recovery adjournment
September 16, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-Houston) joined U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R–Texas) and six other members of the Texas Congressional delegation to coordinate their joint efforts to secure federal funding for the recovery from Hurricane Ike before the end of September.
Green was joined by Reps. Al Green (D-Houston) and Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) whose districts were also directly impacted by the hurricane. Also in attendance were Reps. Chet Edwards (D-Waco), Kay Granger (R-Ft. Worth), John Carter (R-Round Rock), and Ciro Rodriquez (D-San Antonio), all of whom serve on the House Appropriations Committee. All the Members of Congress stressed their resolve in delivering federal funding for recovery efforts from Hurricane Ike before Congress adjourns for the election season.
“Ike tore through the eastern part of our district in Baytown. I saw the devastation through the weekend and arrived in Washington late last night,” Green said. “Much of our district is still without power, from downtown Houston all the way out to Baytown. The situation is improving compared to yesterday, but full recovery will be a long road.”
Green said he and his staff have been on the ground to help with the recovery effort. “We’re making sure those P.O.D. centers that FEMA is staffing work seamlessly today. Representatives from my staff are actually at these P.O.D.s [points of distribution] because we don’t have power in our offices in the district. FEMA is doing a good job so far and it seems we've avoided the major mistakes of Katrina,” he said.
Green noted that Texans can contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or visiting
Green said the group of Texas lawmakers is working to attach disaster funding for Hurricane Ike recovery to the upcoming Continuing Resolution (C.R.). The C.R. is a broad spending measure that will be considered by Congress this working session.