Pelosi Praises Wildfire Reimbursement Agreement
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement following the announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the U.S. Forest Service will provide California with the reimbursements required under the existing California Fire Assistance Agreement for expenses resulting from last year’s wildfires:
“For the past two years, California communities and families have experienced the deadliest wildfires on record. For months, our brave firefighters, first responders and National Guard, risked all to fight the fires and keep families and loved ones safe. After advocating strongly for timely, accurate reimbursements that California is owed, I commend USDA for their swift response to my concerns and their continued commitment to honoring current agreements and pledge to expedite payments to our state agencies and our communities, who are still reeling from the destruction and struggling to rebuild and to become whole.
“This important success builds on the critical funding that the House has secured for California communities and disaster response agencies. Congress delivered strong action to secure billions of dollars in much-needed wildfire disaster assistance, passed the 2018 bipartisan Farm Bill that included sustainable wildfire deterrence initiatives and ended the outdated practice of fire borrowing that takes away from critical prevention and forestry management efforts. As the frequency and severity of wildfires continues to grow, due in part to the climate crisis, we must ensure that we take every precaution and provide every resource to protect communities and mitigate future disasters.
“The people of California deserve to know that Congress will be there for them now and throughout the long road to recovery. We will stand with the families, communities and first responders devastated by these disasters, and work tirelessly to help all Californians heal, recover and rebuild.”
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