WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) voted in support of the $7.85 billion emergency supplemental appropriations package for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The House passed H.Res. 502, Making Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief, by a vote of 419-3.

“Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Southeast Texas, bringing 27 trillion gallons of rain on Texas over 6 days,” said Congressman Poe. “At the height of the storm, 70% of the surface area of Harris County was underwater. Homes and businesses were destroyed, and lives will never be the same. I am proud and grateful to see Congress come together so quickly to bring much-needed aid and relief to help our communities begin to rebuild. This vote shows that we stand together in the face of tragedy, not for politics but for people. Hurricane Harvey will not defeat the human spirit or the great city of Houston.”

This money will reimburse states and local agencies for life-saving responses and missions, help fund home repairs, provide speedy and low-interest loans to businesses and homeowners starting the rebuilding process, giving hope to all those affected and helping them get back on their feet. 

 Background:

H.Res. 502 – Making Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief includes:

  • Totals $7.85 billion for relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana
    • $7.4 billion for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund
    • $450 million to support the Small Business Administration’s disaster loan program to assist small businesses and homeowners.