Pelosi Statement on New Disaster Relief Package


Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement on a new disaster relief package providing emergency funding for hurricane and wildfire relief:

“The updates to the disaster relief package provide urgently-needed assistance for the families and communities ravaged by recent and unprecedented natural disasters.  House Democrats are pleased that this bill provides a significant, $1 billion increase over the Administration’s request for the Disaster Relief Fund, in light of expanded needs due to Hurricane Nate and the deadly, still-burning California wildfires.

“We are also pleased that the bill includes strong funding for Community Disaster Loans, which will provide much-needed liquidity to the governments of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, so they can continue to effectively serve their communities.  These emergency funds for Puerto Rico’s devastated communities must not be siphoned off for bondholder payments.

“Much more still remains to be done to assist natural disaster victims across our nation as they recover and begin to rebuild.  House Democrats will stand with the communities hit by these cruel disasters now, and throughout the long road to recovery.”