Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement at Hearing on FEMA Budget Request
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), the Ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, delivered the following opening statement at today’s subcommittee hearing on the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The hearing’s witness was FEMA Administrator Brock Long.
Good morning, Administrator Long, and welcome to your second appearance before the subcommittee.
The last time you appeared was on the heels of the damaging hurricanes and fires which prompted emergency supplemental spending bills. We are now eager to spend some time with you to get your perspective on FEMA’s budget request, your ongoing response and recovery activities, and the challenges that lie ahead.
I know this has been a difficult time for your agency. You had only been at FEMA for a few months when we not only experienced the most damaging hurricane season in history, but wildfires that devastated large swaths of my home state of California.
Mr. Administrator, we want to help support the efforts of FEMA personnel, and we want to make sure that FEMA’s programs are working well to support recovery efforts.
This is particularly true for Puerto Rico because of the level of devastation on the island and the fiscal challenges it was already facing. We must not forget the families and other survivors who, months after the disaster, are still struggling to rebuild. And we must remember that this disaster occurred on American soil, and that the people it affected are Americans.
Again, we appreciate your joining us this morning. I look forward to a productive discussion.