Ted Cruz and Gov. Abbott urge administration to release billions for Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), Governor Greg Abbott, and Texas members of the U.S. House of Representatives today sent a letter to Acting Director Russ Vought of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging him to expedite issuance of the rules and regulations governing the Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) appropriated by Congress one year ago so Texas can receive over $4.3 billion for flood mitigation projects to prevent future storm damage.

“Our state’s ability to move forward on projects that will mitigate against future disasters, and the need for future federal disaster assistance, is stalled,” they wrote. “In February of 2018 in response to recent natural disasters, Congress appropriated $28 billion in CDBG-DR funds explicitly to rebuild and mitigate against future storms. Of that funding, HUD allocated $4.383 billion to Texas. Almost one year later, however, Texas cannot begin to utilize this important funding because HUD has not published the rules governing their use in the Federal Register.

“Texans cannot afford to wait any longer. We urge you to expedite publication of these rules.”

Additional cosigners of the letter include U.S. Representatives Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7), Pete Olson (TX-22), Al Green (TX-9), Randy Weber (TX-14), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Michael McCaul (TX-10), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Brian Babin (TX-36), Michael Cloud (TX-27), and Dan Crenshaw (TX-2).

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