Texans still waiting for Harvey recovery and relief funds

Texans helping Texans

Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard move through flooded Houston streets as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey continue to rise, Monday, August 28, 2017.
Credit: U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West

No one was surprised when Texans lent a hand in recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey.  We saw neighbors helping neighbors and folks helping strangers.  And those strangers became friends.  We Texans did it because that’s the way we’re wired—we’re community—or at least that’s why we did it after Harvey.  Things weren’t so community-oriented after Superstorm Sandy.  Back then in 2012, Texas Senators Cruz and Cornyn, along with 20 members of the Texas Congressional Delegation, including Rep. Stockman from our TX-36, voted against the $50 billion relief package for those affected by Sandy.

Elected officials need to work for us

Some things don’t seem to change. So far, Texas’ request to the Trump Administration for Harvey relief and recovery have not been met.  Republicans control DC and they still cannot get their act together to help make our communities whole after Hurricane Harvey. 

How can they possibly think that not helping to rebuild our communities is why we elected them?  And they have not even considered investing in the projects that will combat future floods!

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation affected us all. Three months after the storm, we still wait for DC to take action. We need to recover from Harvey and rebuild for the future.

Hurricane Harvey
Credits: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

 

You can make a difference

It is past time that we elect a member to Congress who gets things done and plans for the future.  You can make this a reality, but only if you get involved today.  Please donate to our campaign, talk with your neighbors about our need to do the right things, and make sure you vote.

 

Hurricane Harvey’s impact forces us to think about how we rebuild better, stronger, and smarter

Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey, 25 August 2017, Credit: NASA

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation left me speechless

There was a point over this last week when I was speechless: the rain, the damage, the rescues, the deaths in Houston, Port Arthur, Orange and Beaumont, not to mention the chemical plant explosion in Crosby.

If you got emotional, I understand. I did too.

 

 

The impact of Harvey forces us to think about how we rebuild better, stronger, and smarter.

 

Cities large and small require assistance—quickly—to meet basic needs

The President will be in Houston on Saturday and I expect him to show empathy for Texans and give us a concrete timetable for when resources from DC will start to arrive. We need billions of dollars to rebuild our communities—and not just the big cities. There are portions of our area that still don’t have the basics of living—clean water and sewage systems and communications systems, for example, more than 12 years after Hurricane Rita.

It is time to hold our elected representatives accountable

We want a swift and substantial Hurricane Harvey recovery bill passed immediately; it should be the first thing Congress does when it reconvenes in September.  Anything else will be an insult to everything we have dealt with over the past week, and the weeks and months to come.  We need to mitigate loss, and we need to rebuild with an emphasis on the future.

Rebuild to protect our communities and our economy

I am an environmental consultant by trade; a scientist by training. There are things we can do in the rebuilding that will protect our communities, help us meet the challenges of the 21st century, and put people to work.  That’s what I will do when I represent you in Congress.

Thinking of all those whose lives have been turned upside down by Harvey.

I had an important letter to the editor published in the Orange Leader before the storm.  Check it out if you have a moment.