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November 17, 2017

Thompson Statement on Emergency Supplemental Request

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Administration’s $44 billion emergency supplemental request:

“The Administration’s third disaster supplemental request is an insult to all of our fellow Americans who are still recovering from major natural disasters.  President Trump seems to have forgotten that the nation just faced three catastrophic hurricanes.  We must not forget the situation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is still dire.  Somehow – yet unsurprisingly – this funding request ignores the wildfire devastation in California.”

“To be clear, this request’s stinginess is both contemptable and ineffectual.  Shortchanging our recovery efforts serves no one and will only add to the suffering of the victims of these disasters.  Worse yet, seeking offsets from critical programs that help the poor and by extending arbitrary budget caps will only add to the damage this Administration’s priorities have inflicted on the country.  I hope Congress can again come together in bipartisan fashion to ignore this request and agree on a more appropriate number.”

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