Wednesday, Oct. 11, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made a tour of Hurricane Harvey’s impact in Kountze, Orange, Port Arthur, Mont Belvieu, and Dayton to discuss disaster relief prospects with officials.
“I want to assure every Texan in these communities that will see the recovery process through to the end, and these visits have resulted in better coordination between state and local officials,” Gov. Abbott said.
However, the US House of Representatives passed a $36.5 billion disaster relief parcel without Texas’ request for Harvey’s aid just moments before his arrival.
Abbott’s ire was immediate calling out fellow Republicans to grow a “stiff spine” and challenged the Texas delegation to fulfill the funding request for $18 billion in hurricane relief.
“Seeing these devastated areas first hand and speaking with local officials, the impact of Harvey seems overwhelming,” states Gov. Abbott’s website.
Current House appropriations reflect resources to be divvied among Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and California to battle a variety of natural disasters.
Gov. Abbott asked that the Texas House delegation stand firm. As of Oct. 12, Texas has received $3.9 billion in federal funds in FEMA grants, National Flood Insurance Program funds claims, and SBA disaster relief loans., according to the Texas State Governor’s website.
Estimates are that $21.5 billion is needed to rebuild Texas in a reasonably timely manner, or as Abbott says “we have a need for speed.”