Introduces the California FIRE Act to Protect Relief Funding
D.C. - Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, with every member of the California
Democratic Congressional Delegation as an original co-sponsor, introduced
the California FIRE Act (Funding for Immediate Relief of wildfire
Emergencies Act) today, to provide immediate disaster relief to
the victims of the California fires without linking it to the $87
billion Iraq supplemental budget request.
In an effort
to build greater support for the Iraq supplemental, House Republicans
added $500 million dollars of relief funding for the California
fires to the $87 billion Iraq supplemental funding bill. The California
FIRE Act (H.R. 3407) would make an emergency supplemental appropriation
for disaster relief activities associated with the California wildfires.
we unanimously support the funding for relief and assistance to
the victims of the California fires, this funding should not be
linked to the $87 billion for Iraq that so many thoughtful Members
oppose because of the misguided Iraq policy and the lack of accountability,"
said Lofgren. "More than 600,000 acres in California have burned
and the fires are not out. The lives of these families will never
be the same and their loss is beyond words. We have a duty to assist
without linking the $87 billion for Iraq to their recovery."
not play politics when it comes to providing help to the victims
of this terrible California fire disaster," Lofgren said. "California's
20 Republican House Members have all been invited to join as sponsors
of this bill."
appropriated in the California FIRE Act would be appropriated to
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department
of Homeland Security.