Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost issued the following statement after the House passed a $7.85 billion disaster relief funding package for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts:

β€œThe sheer size and scope of devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is difficult to comprehend. First responders, volunteer organizations, and federal, state, and local agencies have been working tirelessly to help those in need through search and rescue efforts, staffing emergency shelters, providing meals, and offering comfort.  I am pleased that both parties in Congress acted quickly to provide Americans along the Gulf Coast the federal resources they need to begin a long recovery and help ensure that the federal response to Hurricane Irma is adequately prepared.”

Note: The bill contains the full amount requested by the Administration – totaling $7.85 billion in emergency funding, including $7.4 billion for FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund (DRF). This will ensure FEMA can meet all current needs for response and recovery efforts, while also being prepared for any additional disasters that may arise. It also includes $450 million to support the Small Business Administration's disaster loan program to assist small businesses and homeowners begin to rebuild.

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