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Babin Helps Secure $15 Billion in Disaster Funding for Texas

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Washington, October 12, 2017 | comments

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) joined his House colleagues in passing an emergency disaster funding bill that includes $15 billion in direct assistance for Texas flood victims of Hurricane Harvey. The measure includes $11 billion to pay anticipated claims for flood insurance and an estimated $4 billion for the FEMA disaster relief fund, which will be used to cover direct housing assistance, home repairs, debris removal and public assistance grants.

“This funding bill marks the second installment in critical relief for the people of Texas,” said Rep. Babin.  “I will continue working closely with Governor Abbott, local officials and other members of the Texas delegation to make sure the next bill provides the rest of the funding needed to restore Texas.  My top priority is to ensure federal resources are made available for my constituents who are still very much in need of help.  This bill delivers billions of dollars in immediate relief to our fellow Texans while holding us over until the complete list of restoration projects are identified for the next funding package needed to help rebuild Texas.”

In addition to the $15 billion, Texas cities will also have access to a $4.9 billion pool for grants for Community Disaster Loans.  These loans help communities with revenue losses due to disasters, so the communities can pay for police and fire protection and other critical local needs during their recovery.

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