Walker on Hurricane Harvey Aid Vote: This and Future Aid Needs To Be Offset and Clean
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after voting in favor of the House-passed disaster relief funding for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts:
"Congress has a duty to act responsibly while showing compassion and lending a helping hand to those in need. Today, the House voted promptly to help the people of Texas continue recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, but did so without any foresight into how to prepare for predictable disasters in the future. This $7.85 billion in aid, and all future aid, needs to be offset and voted on cleanly – not filled with special interests favors and political games that delays people from getting the help they need."
In the near future, Congress should expect multiple additional request in response to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and other natural disasters. While this initial funding for Hurricane Harvey relief was urgently needed to continue life-saving operations in Texas, this process should not be a blueprint for addressing and preparing for other aid bills.