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November 03, 2017

Thompson: FEMA Hurricane Response Hearing Must be Rescheduled

(WASHINGTON) – Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent the below letter to Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) to urge him to reschedule and hold a hearing on FEMA’s disaster preparedness and response activities after one scheduled for wednesday was canceled:

I was dismayed that you saw fit to postpone the Committee on Homeland Security's hearing to examine the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster preparedness and response activities. I was also disappointed that the hearing was canceled abruptly, with no advance notification or reasonable explanation for the postponement.

In the wake of the unprecedented 2017 hurricane season, the Committee on Homeland Security must not shirk its FEMA oversight responsibilities. Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are counting on us to ensure the Federal government provides desperately needed emergency relief to their devastated communities, as it has for those affected by recent hurricanes in Florida and your home state of Texas.

I know I speak for all Democrats on this Committee when I urge you to hold this important hearing without further delay. We continue to stand with communities still struggling after these disasters, and hope you will do the same.

Link to Letter

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