After an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, the House passed an emergency relief package for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and the Texas delegation came together to remind America just how important this funding is.
Texas Republicans spent last week on the ground, rescuing people, meeting with officials, and ensuring resources get to those who need them. For them, this emergency funding bill is yet another reminder of the character of the American people in the wake of such a terrible tragedy.
Catch some of the highlights below:
“While this has been one of the greatest natural disasters known to mankind, it has also been one of the most compassionate humanitarian missions I’ve ever witnessed,” said House Homeland Security Chair Michael McCaul (R-TX). “I want to commend President Trump for swiftly approving Governor Abbott’s request for major disaster declaration. This action fully mobilized federal, state, and local efforts to the crisis in advance to save countless lives…Today’s vote is the first down payment in our Harvey relief efforts,”
“Help is on the way,” said Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX). “My district…[was] arguably Ground Zero for the flooding. The severity and enormity is hard to fathom….there’s a good chance that 100,000 homes have been destroyed…I’m proud to stand with my colleagues on this transparent bill that provides immediate Harvey disaster relief funding. We have a crisis on our hands. It’s not going to go away anytime soon.”
We also hear firsthand accounts from Reps. Brian Babin, John Culberson, and Pete Olson. Click below to watch the full press conference: