The House of Representatives voted to pass the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019, a comprehensive emergency disaster relief bill that provides disaster relief to communities that have been affected by recent natural disasters. An amendment led by Reps. Jared Huffman (CA-02), Harley Rouda (CA-48), and Norma J. Torres (CA-35) that would prevent the Federal Highway Administration from denying CA and other states extensions of emergency relief projects was adopted 241-168.
Said Rouda, “In California, 19,000 homes, business, and schools were destroyed by wildfires in 2018. Relief for these communities is long overdue. Today I voted to repair roads, rebuild schools, restore military bases and help get millions of Americans back to work. H.R. 2157 is an investment in American families, farmers, and business owners who are struggling to recover from natural disasters. Those who voted in favor of this bill know that an investment in the resilience of the American people always pays off.”
H.R. 2157 provides funding for:
- Infrastructure and community development to rebuild our transportation systems and repair housing, businesses and public infrastructure;
- Farmers and rural communities to bolster the farmer safety net and restore disaster-damaged lands;
- Social services, mental health, education and dislocated worker initiativesto invest in the well-being of children, workers and families in disaster-struck areas – including providing critical nutrition and Medicaid assistance for Puerto Rico and U.S. territories;
- DOD and Veterans Affairs to repair and rebuild hurricane-damaged bases and facilities;
- Disaster resiliency to mitigating damage and costs from future disasters which are becoming more frequent as a result of climate change.
This article was released by the Office of Congressman Harley Rouda.