October 12, 2017
Contact: T.W. Arrighi
Rep. Mimi Walters: Help is Coming to Those Affected by California Fires
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Mimi Walters (R-California) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2266, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017. This legislation provides $36.5 billion in emergency funding to help relief and recovery efforts related to recent wildfires and hurricanes. Included in this bill is $576.5 million to help with ongoing fire suppression efforts in California.
Said Rep. Walters, “Today, the House of Representatives took additional action to help our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico as they continue to recover from Hurricane Maria. This aid package also includes funding to assist California’s efforts to battle the most devastating wildfires in our state’s history.
“This week, the community of Anaheim Hills was devastated by the quick moving Canyon Fire 2. Although 23 structures were destroyed and dozens more damaged, I am thankful no lives were lost in this disaster. Unfortunately, the fires in Northern California are expected to worsen in the coming days. These fires have already claimed numerous lives, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, and have caused unimaginable pain and suffering.
“I applaud the swift action taken by the House to approve additional funding to help combat these fires, and aid in hurricane recovery efforts across our Nation. I urge the Senate to quickly pass this bill so our communities can begin to recover from these devastating natural disasters.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.