Diaz-Balart Votes for Additional Disaster Relief Funding to Help Hurricane-Impacted Areas
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the passage of additional supplemental appropriations for disaster relief. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, this funding would help those in the hurricane-impacted areas.
“In the weeks following Hurricane Irma, we are able to see the lasting effects this storm will have on our community, and it is evident that additional funding is necessary. This legislation delivers over $18 billion directly to FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, ensures the National Flood Insurance Program has the funding it needs to pay its claims, and grants food aid and loan eligibility to the storm-ravaged island of Puerto Rico. Additionally, the impact of the storm has devastated our states farmers and growers, and it will be a long road to recovery for them. Specifically, the citrus industry, critical to Florida’s economy, was hit catastrophically and federal resources will be needed. I will fight to ensure Florida’s agricultural industry has the resources it needs to get back on their feet.
“As we continue to recover, I look forward to working with Speaker Ryan, Chairman Frelinghuysen, and our colleagues. I’m proud to support Florida and other impacted areas to rebuild our strong, beautiful communities.”