Rep. Elise Stefanik helped the House approve funding to aid in the response and recovery of Hurricane Harvey.
The legislation includes $7.85 billion in emergency funding including $7.4 billion for FEMA, according to a news release.
The bill passed by a 419-3 vote and moves to the Senate.
Stefanik issued the following statement:
“Thousands and thousands of families across Texas were devastated by this terrible storm, and the local response from our district has been overwhelming,” said Rep. Stefanik. “We’ve seen so many North Country families step up to volunteer and donate to the Harvey Relief efforts, and brave soldiers from Fort Drum have also been deployed. The federal government needs to provide disaster relief for situations like this, and as Hurricane Irma moves closer to the United States, it’s important that Congress signals that we will support relief from these devastating natural disasters. I was pleased to work in a bipartisan fashion with my colleagues today to pass this critical aid package.”
Some Democrats from the New York delegation reminded Texas Republicans that they opposed a larger aid bill for those harmed by Superstorm Sandy five years ago, according to the Associated Press.
"What you did to us during Superstorm Sandy should not stand, should not be done to any other people, anyplace in the country," said Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. "We're one country, we're Americans. We need to help those who need help."
Aid is dwindling as federal disaster reserves are likely to run out by the end of the week.