Titus Votes for Harvey and Irma Relief, Government Funding Extension

Sep 8, 2017
Press Release

September 8, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District released the following statement after voting on legislation to provide $15.25 billion of disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and other FY17 natural disasters, including wildfires in the West. The legislation also funds the government through December and allows the nation to continue paying its bills.

“In the aftermath of any disaster, we must always rebuild from the rubble by providing food, shelter, and the promise that order will be restored. Now is not the time for politics. It is time to repair what’s been destroyed, assist those affected, and prepare for the future. To do any less would be inhumane and irresponsible.”

BACKGROUND

 

Provisions of the Harvey Supplemental, as passed by the House and Senate, which will now head to President Trump’s desk:

 

Includes $15.25 billion of disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and other FY 2017 major disasters:

  • $7.4 billion for the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund
  • $7.4 billion for Community Development Block Grants Disaster Recovery
  • $450 million for Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans
  • Extends National Flood Insurance Flood Program authority through December 8, 2017
  • Provides authority for the Forest Service to repay any funds transferred to cover FY 2017 shortfalls in wildland firefighting operations

A Continuing Resolution extending government operations for all 12 appropriations bills through December 8, 2017: 

  • FY 2017 funding levels – rejecting President Trump’s irresponsible budget cuts
  • FY 2017 terms and conditions – no new poison pill riders
  • No funding for President Trump’s border wall

An extension of the debt limit through December 8, 2017.