ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding his vote in support of a legislative package providing disaster relief for areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
The aid package provides $7.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $450 million for the Small Business Administration, and is a significant first step in addressing a particularly active hurricane season. The legislation passed the full U.S. House of Representatives in a vote of 419 to 3.
“One of the core duties of government is to protect its citizenry. When disaster strikes, displacing families and throwing communities into turmoil, it is imperative that we take swift action and offer a helping hand. I have seen firsthand the destruction caused by flooding and storms in my home in Albany, Georgia, and I cannot stand idly by as my fellow Americans in the Gulf Coast face the challenge of rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey.
“I strongly support this legislation, as well any and all efforts to protect our communities across the nation against future storms and disasters.”