Reps. Huffman & Thompson Condemn Administration’s Supplemental Disaster Funding Request

November 17, 2017

Washington, D.C.- Today, the Office of Management and Budget delivered its request to Congress for supplemental disaster relief funding following recent disasters across the country. While the request includes anemic supplemental funding for states ravaged by hurricanes, it contains no funding whatsoever for rebuilding the communities in California devastated by the recent wildfires. Congressmen Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Mike Thompson (CA-05) released this statement:

“This is a new low for this Administration. Either they have forgotten about the thousands of American citizens who’ve lost everything in the California fires, or they just don’t care,” said Reps. Thompson and Huffman. “For weeks, Democrats and Republicans have told the Administration in specific detail what resources Californians need to begin to recover and rebuild. Today, it’s clear those requests have just been ignored. This is outrageous, unacceptable, and a dereliction of the Administration’s duty to help the people of California.

“For the Administration to not request even a single additional penny to help rebuild the communities devastated by the worst fires in California’s history is mind-boggling.

“Meanwhile, coastal communities from California to Alaska have been waiting all year for fishery disaster relief funding, another bipartisan request that was ignored in this White House proposal.

“In the absence of responsible leadership from the President and his Administration, we call on House leadership to throw this offensive request in the trash and work in a bipartisan manner to deliver adequate disaster relief to all Americans who’ve been impacted by the recent hurricanes and fires.”