Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act
Washington, DC – Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act, a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the Federal government through December 3, 2021, on a vote of 220 – 211. U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement:
“The Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act ensures the Federal government will continue to work for the American people while Congress completes its work on full-year funding bills. This bill provides much-needed funding as our nation continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and our ongoing economic challenges. It will help support working families, keep our communities and nation safe, make needed investments in education, healthcare, housing, and public safety, and ensure that we will be able to continue to help our most vulnerable populations.
“The bill includes $28.6 billion in additional funding to help Americans recover from natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires like those in my home state of California, severe droughts, and winter storms. It appropriates $7.5 billion in desperately needed relief for survivors and those affected by Hurricane Ida, providing a lifeline for families to get back on their feet.
“For the Department of Homeland Security, the bill provides additional funding to state and local governments for emergency management coordination and capacity building and forgives the balances of FEMA Community Disaster Loans associated with past disaster declarations – critical relief as local budgets continue to be strained during the pandemic.
“I’m pleased that the bill includes $6.3 billion for vulnerable Afghan evacuees, including temporary housing, security screening, and the long-term resettlement of evacuees in the United States. It also appropriates new resources to help U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services accelerate a reduction in the backlog of applications for asylum and refugee status, as well as naturalization and other immigration benefits.
“Funding the operations of the Federal government each year is the most central and essential responsibility of Congress in support of working families in my district and nationwide. Congress must enact this continuing and emergency funding and then quickly complete work on the full year funding bills for fiscal year 2022.”