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Hurricane Harvey One Year Later

"We have come out of this stronger than ever; ‘Texas Strong’ in fact. Because that’s what Texans do."

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Washington, August 24, 2018 | comments
WASHINGTON, DC – A year ago, Hurricane Harvey made landfall and became one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States. To mark the one year anniversary, U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) released the following statement:
 
“Hurricane Harvey left hundreds of Texas families homeless and without resources, and 88 Texans lost their lives. On day one, the Texas congressional delegation took action and worked to deliver historic relief in record time. In just six months, we delivered $146 billion in aid - the quickest hurricane disaster response yet. Members from both sides of the aisle have been and will continue to be a united front when it comes to ensuring our communities have the support they need in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. 
 
Looking back, what I remember most is how Texans came together to lend a hand and help their neighbors during our time of need. There was an outpouring of support from nearby communities and across the country, neighbors helping neighbors. Everyday people volunteered their time and resources to local shelters, and even used their own boats and cars in rescue missions.   
 
We have come out of this stronger than ever; ‘Texas Strong’ in fact. Because that’s what Texans do.”
 


BACKGROUND
  • August 26, 2017: Harvey makes landfall.
  • September 2017: Congress passes 1st disaster relief bill, President Trump signs into law.
  • September 2017: Congressman Brady secures tax relief for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, President Trump signs into law.

The Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017:

  • Featured targeted actions to help American families and communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
  • Helped victims keep more of their paycheck, deduct more of the cost of their expensive property damage, and have more affordable and immediate access to money they have saved for their retirement.
  • Encouraged even more Americans to donate generously to help those in need.
  • Allowed more people be able to bear the tremendous expense of recovering from these destructive hurricanes.
  • October 2017: Congress passes 2nd disaster relief bill, President Trump signs into law.
  • December 2017: Texas and Florida House Lawmakers join forces to nearly double aid.
  • January 2018: House waits on Senate to act (49-days).
  • February 9th, 2018: Congress passes 3rd disaster relief bill and President Trump signs into law.
In total, $146 Billion in relief funding was delivered in six months.
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