Curbelo on the House Floor: Long Road Ahead, but Keys Recovery Is Already Underway

Curbelo: “I’ve returned to Washington briefly to urge my colleagues to support two critical needs here in Congress – long-term, robust funding of FEMA and a tax relief package for those trying to rebuild and recover after disasters like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.”

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Washington, D.C., September 14, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Today, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) took to the House floor to urge his Congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together to support the large groups of Americans affected by natural disasters, like his constituents in the Florida Keys.

Immediately following Hurricane Irma, Curbelo was on the ground in the Florida Keys and Miami-Dade County coordinating federal resources, assessing damage, and meeting with constituents. He returned to Washington yesterday to co-chair a previously-scheduled bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus meeting about the impact climate change has on tourism- and outdoor recreation-based local economies.

The Congressman addressed his colleagues from the House floor today to share that while there is a long road ahead the Keys Recovery is already underway, and Congress now must come together to support the large groups of Americans whose lives have been turned upside down by natural disasters.  

A transcript of Curbelo’s remarks on the House floor is available below.

Curbelo Urges Congress To Come Together When Americans are Impacted by Natural Disasters
Washington, D.C.
September 14, 2017
https://youtu.be/H5SiA1MRDXM

Representative Carlos Curbelo: “Mr. Speaker, I left Washington last week to be with my family and community as Hurricane Irma headed straight toward South Florida.

“Some in the Lower and Middle Keys lost everything to the storm’s 130 miles per hour winds and 10-foot storm surge. Some, lost their lives. But with the Keys’ tourism-based economy currently at a standstill, perhaps the greatest devastation will be the financial strain on individuals, families, and small entrepreneurs.

“But there is hope. Conchs are resilient and generous people. It will be a long road, but coordinated local, state and federal resources have ensured the Keys Recovery is already underway.

“I’ve returned to Washington briefly to urge my colleagues to support two critical needs here in Congress ­– long-term, robust funding of FEMA and a tax relief package for those trying to rebuild and recover after disasters like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

“Mr. Speaker, this can happen to any district or community. Whether it’s a hurricane, a wildfire or an earthquake, we have a responsibility to come together when large groups of Americans are in desperate need. I look forward to working with my colleagues to do just that.

“Thank you and I yield back the balance of my time.”

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