Sending Office: Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
“Become an Original Sponsor of a Resolution Expressing Solidarity with Persons Affected by Hurricane Harvey”
Cosponsors (115th Congress): Gene Green, Marc Veasey, Filemon Vela, Vincente Gonzalez, Joaquin Castro, Beto O’Rourke,
Betty McCollum, Barbara Lee, Frank Pallone, Gregory Meeks, Gwen Moore, Keith Ellison, Hank Johnson, Marcy Kaptur, Al Green
I invite you to join me as an original sponsor of a House Resolution expressing condolences to those suffering as a result of the devastating consequences of Hurricane Harvey, mourning the loss of those who perished in the storm, saluting the efforts of
first responders and civilian volunteers, and calling for federal assistance.
Historically during times of war and national emergency, Americans unite to meet the challenge. In World War II, we came together for the greater good of defeating the evil scourge of Nazism and creating a safer, more peaceful world. Now, we are called
to act in unison once more.
Hurricane Harvey declared war on America’s Gulf Coast, and as Americans, we must respond. Hurricane Harvey dumped an estimated 21 trillion gallons of water on Southeastern Texas and the Houston metroplex. The relentless rain inundated homes, decimated area
roadways and turned neighborhoods into unrecognizable lakes. Large portions of Bayou City have been overwhelmed by rainfall amounts that occur only once every thousand years.
To comprehend the level of destruction, the volume of water that has fell could fill the Astrodome more than 24,000 times and power Niagara Falls for 15 days. This disastrous event resulted in the tragic loss of life. In Houston, more than 45 people have
lost their lives, including veteran police officer Sgt. Steve Perez, 60, who had worked for 34 years with the Houston Police Department; and a family of six, including three children, attempting to flee their home who perished when their vehicle was swept
into Greens Bayou.
Neither Houston nor any city in the nation has ever experienced flooding of this magnitude. As Americans have done before, and no matter the costs, we stand together to confront this unprecedented disaster and rebuild our nation’s 4th largest city.
If you have any questions, or wish to become an original sponsor, please contact Isabela Belchior at
Isabela.Belchior@mail.house.gov, or by phone at (202) 225-3816.
Very Truly Yours,
Sheila Jackson Lee
MEMBER OF CONGRESS
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