Rep. Thompson Statement on Introduction of Supplemental Disaster Funding for California Fire Survivors
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05) issued this statement following the introduction of a supplemental disaster funding package for those affected by the California wildfires which delivers $81 billion in additional disaster relief. On Tuesday, Speaker Paul Ryan announced that the supplemental funding package would be added to the continuing funding resolution.
“I’m happy to see the House put forth this supplemental disaster funding package that delivers the much needed additional disaster relief for survivors of the California wildfires. It is unfortunate that the Republican Leadership is playing political games and tacking it on to their end of the year spending package.
“These fires were the worst in California history, burning nearly 250,000 acres, destroying 8,800 homes and buildings, and, tragically, taking 44 lives. The road to recovery for those affected will be a long one, but I’m glad our Federal government is doing its part to help.
“I’m pleased to see the State of California’s request for which I have been pushing is being granted to give us the tools we need to begin the long process of rebuilding the communities affected by the fires. I look forward to continuing to work with my House colleagues to ensure we have all the resources necessary for full recovery.
“This disaster package should get a clean up or down vote. Instead, Republicans are pairing it with a bill that kicks the can of fiscal responsibility and funding the government down the road. Our survivors are not political pawns. They have real, urgent needs. They deserve a clean vote."
Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force as well as the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.