Curbelo Commends Colleagues for Swift Funding of Initial Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief, Extension of Flood Insurance Program
While dealing with storm preparations for Hurricane Irma from South Florida, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) issued the following statement after his colleagues in Washington passed a spending bill that included the first of many necessary federal disaster relief funding packages for Hurricane Irma and an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program:
“As my constituents and I prepare for the potentially disastrous impacts of Hurricane Irma here in South Florida, it is critical for us to know that federal relief efforts will be funded through the storm. In addition, I am pleased the National Flood Insurance Program has been extended while we prepare for unprecedented storm surges expected in the coming days.
“I want to thank my colleagues for their swift action to pass this funding bill, and I hope today’s vote is a sign that we stand united as a nation when natural disaster strikes such a large group of Americans. I look forward to returning to Washington as soon as possible to ensure South Florida receives all the necessary funding for Hurricane Irma-related recovery efforts and continue working on a National Flood Insurance Program reform that fulfills the needs of South Florida.”
The House passed H.R. 601 by a vote of 316-90 on September 8 and it is expected to quickly be signed into law. This bill will provide $15.25 billion in emergency funding for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, funds the federal government, raises the debt ceiling, and extends the National Flood Insurance Program through December 8.