Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Rooney, House Pass Emergency Relief Package for Harvey Victims

Sep 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17), voted in favor of legislation to provide emergency relief funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey today.

The bill fulfills the Administration’s request of $7.85 billion in immediate funding for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) to ensure that FEMA can adequately continue response and recovery efforts while still maintaining proper levels of readiness for future disasters. The legislation also includes $450 million in funding for the Small Business Administration’s disaster loan program to help small businesses and homeowners begin to rebuild after the storm.

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who are suffering from this disaster,” Rooney said. “The response to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey has been incredible and I commend all of the first responders, servicemen and women, volunteers, friends, and neighbors who have continued to put themselves in harm’s way to help those in need during this terrible storm. I am glad the House quickly passed this critical funding bill today and I hope the Senate will do the same so we can get this bill to the president’s desk as soon as possible. The road to recovery will be long, but the people of Texas have incredible strength and resolve, and these funds will help those victims whose homes and livelihoods were destroyed start to get back on their feet.”


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