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Dennis A. Ross

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Ross Votes to Provide Hurricane Harvey Relief Funding

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Washington, September 6, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 6, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, made the follow statement after voting to pass H. Res. 502, Making Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief:

“These funds are needed, and they are needed now. Hurricane Harvey caused massive, heartbreaking damage across Texas and Louisiana, and has been devastating to the hundreds of thousands of victims of catastrophic flooding and storm-related destruction. It is time to unite as a nation to help our neighbors who have suffered so greatly.

“This bill will help states with disaster response and immediate recovery needs in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. These funds will be used to continue life-saving response and recovery missions, help start housing repair, provide speedy and low-interest loans to businesses and homeowners to start the rebuilding process, and ultimately, help everyone affected get back on their feet.

“This will be a long road to recovery, but we will endure and overcome it together. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, I will continue working night and day to provide further relief and protection, including fighting for long-overdue flood insurance reform. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with Texas, Louisiana, and all those affected and harmed. In their time of greatest need, we will come through for them."

Summary of relief funding:

The disaster supplemental appropriation provides $7.85 billion in emergency funding, as requested by the Administration, for the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to fund the initial response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

  • $7.4 billion for Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) within FEMA will provide critical funding to assist the ongoing federal response to Hurricane Harvey and continue life-saving response and recovery efforts. 
    • The DRF provides assistance to states and localities for emergency protection, debris removal, repair and restoration of public infrastructure, and financial assistance to eligible disaster survivors.
  • $450 million for SBA's Disaster Loan Program to assist small businesses and homeowners.
    • The SBA program provides low-interest loans which in a declared disaster can be used to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.



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