May 13, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill on Friday. The funding will support communities impacted by natural disasters including those in CA-33 who were devastated by the Woolsey Fire last fall. The bill passed the House with a strong bipartisan majority: 257-150.

“I’m so glad we’ve taken this step to help communities like mine with disaster recovery, but I’m angry that the President continues to block this funding from going into effect. It has been more than six months since these wildfires devastated parts of my district. Too many of my constituents remain displaced and uncertain of when and if they’ll be able to return to their homes. Congress must do everything in its power to help these people. The President must demonstrate more compassion and help Americans in need.

This is the second time a disaster supplemental has passed the House on a bipartisan basis. Funding hasn’t been appropriated because the Republican-led Senate and President continue to oppose these vital relief funds for victims of natural disasters. We can’t afford inaction any longer—I urge my Senate colleagues to act swiftly to provide relief to my constituents and others who are suffering. The President needs to get on board and stop playing political games and help his fellow Americans.”

Where some of the funding money will go:

  • Community Development Block Grants: $2.21 billion to help communities rebuild housing, businesses, and infrastructure in the most impacted and distressed areas affected by major natural disasters.
  • National Park Service: This bill includes $50 million for the Historic Preservation Fund and $78 million for Construction to repair historic sites and other park assets damaged by hurricanes, typhoons and wildfires.
  • Bureau of Reclamation: $17 million to carry out fire remediation activities and for firefighting costs.