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Congressman Gianforte releases statement after the House passes $7.9 Billion aid package for Harvey recovery

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -

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On Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to provide $7.85 billion to help with relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte released the following statement after the bill’s passage:

“Our hearts go out to the people of Houston and to all affected by Hurricane Harvey which has left catastrophic damage in its wake. This funding represents an important first step to help Americans devastated by the hurricane as they work to recover and rebuild.

“The people of Montana also face a massive disaster. Hundreds of thousands of acres burn, jeopardizing the livelihood of hard-working Montanans. Ash rains down on our homes and schools. Poor air quality threatens the health and well-being of Montanans, particularly our children and elderly.

“I will continue being a strong voice for Montana, ensuring that folks in Washington understand the devastation on the ground in our state. I will continue advocating short- and long-term relief for Montana in the form of wildfire funding and forest management reforms. My door is always open to Montanans, and I encourage them to reach out to my office for help with federal agencies as we face this disaster together.”


The House has passed a $7.9 billion Harvey aid package. Republicans and Democrats united behind help for victims of that storm even as while an ever more powerful new hurricane bore down on Florida.
    
The 419 to 3 vote Wednesday sent the aid package - likely the first of several - to the Senate in hopes of sending the bill to President Donald Trump before dwindling disaster reserves run out at the end of this week.
    
Texas Rep. John Culberson, whose Houston district was slammed by Harvey, promised that "help is on the way."
    
Senate Republicans hope to add an increase to the government's borrowing limit, but Democrats announced Wednesday that they only support a short-term increase.
    
Some New York Democrats reminded Texas Republicans of their votes opposing Superstorm Sandy aid five years ago.

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