Congressman Al Green’s Statement on the Passage of H.R 5687, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief Act

Feb 7, 2020

(Washington, D.C.) – On Friday, February 7, 2020, Congressman Al Green released the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 5687:

 “In November of 2019, the Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019 (H.R. 3702) – that I and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) authored – passed the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. H.R. 3702 helps to ensure the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program operates more efficiently, with few unnecessary delays. As the representative of a congressional district frequently impacted by severe flooding, I understand the need for legislation that works to improve the process of providing disaster-affected areas with appropriate relief funding.

“To this end, it is my honor to help pass the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief Act (H.R. 5687) authored by House Committee on Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY). H.R. 5687 includes language consistent with the rigorous timelines for allocation, action plan approval, and grant agreement execution required by my bill, H.R. 3702. H.R. 5687 specifically addresses relief for the repeated devastation that has hit Puerto Rico. These repeated phenomena – coupled with inefficient disaster relief – delay recovery. We must provide timely assistance for all disaster-affected communities across the United States including for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.

“I am proud to support H.R. 5687, and I hope that it and H.R. 3702 are signed into law. The people and the communities affected by catastrophic events deserve a better disaster recovery program and more timely relief assistance offered by each of these bills.”