Washington, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the disaster supplemental appropriations package (H.R. 2266). The bill, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, sends $36.5 billion toward hurricane relief and wildfire suppression.
“I think of what’s happened to Puerto Rico, and my heart goes out to all of the families and people whose lives were turned upside down,” said Chair McMorris Rodgers. “And it’s not just Puerto Rico. Thousands of people in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and the U.S. Virgin Islands also lost everything in the devastation following Hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Irma. This aid package will help them with the long road to rebuilding and recovery.
“I’m also pleased to see $576.5 million going toward fighting the wildfires that are destroying the West. Washington state experienced devastating fires this year, and right now we’re seeing what’s happening in California, and our hearts break for them. This relief package will help fight the fires and assist in the recovery efforts.”
NOTE: During a House Republican Leadership press conference on Wednesday, Chair McMorris Rodgers said “Puerto Ricans are Americans, and as Americans we take care of our own…” Watch the press conference here: https://www.gop.gov/as-basic-as-golden-rule/
The Chair has also been a strong advocate for better forest management to help keep our forests healthy and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. This year, she introduced the FORESTS Act: https://mcmorris.house.gov/forestsact/