From: The Honorable Juan Vargas
Sent By: lumir.lapray@mail.house.gov
Date: 3/1/2016

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in urging the House Appropriations Committee to provide increased funding to meet the needs of the President’s Disaster Relief Fund and the Army Corp of Engineers’ Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies account in Fiscal Year 2017.

Communities across the country are struggling with the devastating impacts of El Niño’s winter storms. The disruptions caused by changes in the ocean-atmosphere system in the Tropical Pacific have important consequences for weather and climate, both nationwide and around the globe. In the United States, El Niño could bring drier conditions to some areas or intense rainfall amounts to others. Our communities will need the adequate federal resources we are requesting to appropriately respond to the eventual flood of trash, sediment, and other debris caused by the El Niño rainfall.
If you have any questions, or if you’d like to sign on to the letter contact Scott Hinkle of Rep. Vargas’ office at (202) 225-8045 or at scott.hinkle@mail.house.gov.  We will be closing this letter on March 11th.

 

Sincerely,

JUAN VARGAS

Member of Congress

March 1st, 2016

The Honorable Mike Simpson
Chairman
Subcommittee on Energy and Water
Development, and Related Agencies
2362-B Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515            

The Honorable Marcy Kaptur
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Energy and Water
Development, and Related Agencies
1016 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable John Carter
Chairman
Subcommittee Homeland Security
B-307 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515                                                                                                                                                                                           

The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Homeland Security
1016 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Simpson, Ranking Member Kaptur, Chairman Carter, and Ranking Member Roybal-Allard:

We respectfully ask that you provide increased funding to meet the needs of the President’s Disaster Relief Fund and the Army Corp of Engineers’ Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies account in Fiscal Year 2017.

As you may know, communities across the country are struggling with the devastating impacts of El Niño’s winter storms. According to the National Weather Service, El Niño is a disruption of the usual ocean-atmosphere system in the Tropical Pacific. Changes there have important consequences for weather and climate around the globe. In the United States, El Niño often changes typical weather patterns, and could bring drier conditions to some areas and intense rainfall amounts to others. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Winter Outlook shows probabilities for above normal precipitation over parts of the nation.  Communities will need adequate federal resources to appropriately respond to the eventual flood of trash, sediment, and other debris caused by the El Niño rainfall.

We ask that you substantially increase funds to meet the Administration’s need for the following emergency-related accounts:

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund, which is the primary funding source for disaster response and recovery.
  • The Army Corp of Engineers’ Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies Account, which is used for response to natural disasters; for flood fighting and rescue operations; for rehabilitation of flood control and hurricane protection structures. Disaster preparedness activities include coordination, planning, training and conduct of response exercises with local, state and federal agencies.

 

We deeply appreciate the work of the House Appropriations Committee and respectfully encourage you to increase funding for these disaster relief accounts. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

 

Sincerely,

JUAN VARGAS
Member of Congress