Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes to Send Disaster Relief Funding Bill to President Trump for Signature

June 3, 2019
Press Release
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) voted to pass H.R.2157, a supplemental appropriations bill that would provide disaster relief assistance to communities across the country, including Hawai‘i.
 
The disaster relief legislation passed by a vote of 354-58 and now heads to the President for his signature.
 
“Many people in communities across Hawai‘i continue to struggle as they recover from the damage caused by an active volcano, major landslides, and serious flooding. The 2018 hurricane season was one of the worst in recent history” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “This emergency supplemental appropriations bill will help our state, and many others who have endured major natural disasters, continue the difficult path to rebuilding and recovering.”
 
Background: Hawai‘i is still reeling from the impact of three, Federally-declared disasters in 2018 related to severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides as well as Kilauea’s volcanic eruption, earthquakes and Hurricane Lane.
 
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was active throughout 2018, on the ground in Hawai‘i to assist with disaster response and convey local needs to FEMA as well as the continuing impact of volcanic eruptions. She raised awareness in Congress about the impact of these disasters, secured Presidential disaster declarations as needed throughout the year—including after Hurricane Lane—highlighted the impact on individual Hawai‘i residents, requested appropriations, and passed legislation to fund disaster relief.
 
About Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawaii’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees. She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for 16 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major. Learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard...
 
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