(BIVN) – Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard voted Friday to send federal aid to hurricane victims, while ensuring the government remains open, at least until December.
Gabbard cast her vote to pass H.R. 601, which provides over $15 billion in emergency federal aid to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and other extreme weather events throughout the country. Gabbard says this funding ensures FEMA can provide immediate emergency response and relief as well as longer-term recovery efforts.
The bill also extends the federal debt limit and ensures that the government remains open and able to deliver services until December 8, 2017.
“National tragedies like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma test our country’s resolve,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard in a statement. “With today’s funding bill, Congress came together, putting the American people before partisanship and politics, to support the emergency response and recovery efforts serving the people most affected by these disasters. Since Hurricane Harvey hit, we have seen the aloha spirit coming from people all across the country who have turned out to support those struggling in the wake of this disaster. We are reminded that when one part of the country faces adversity, our nation comes together and perseveres. In the last week, we have witnessed compassion from neighbors, bravery from first responders, and responsiveness from public institutions. As communities in Texas and Louisiana begin the process of recovery and renewal, the entire country sends its thoughts, prayers, and support to the people of the Caribbean and Florida who are dealing with Hurricane Irma.”
The legislation was the result of a surprising agreement struck between President Donald Trump and Democrats. The deal reportedly did not sit well with conservative Republicans.