Congressman Luke Messer Votes to Provide Critical Funds to FEMA as Tropical Storm Approaches


Date: Oct. 4, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

As Tropical Storm Karen threatens the Gulf Coast, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-6) voted to pass a bill that would provide immediate funding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act provides funding for FEMA at the same rate and under the same condition as the last fiscal year, despite the government shutdown, and will ensure anyone affected by a natural disaster will get needed emergency assistance.

The House also voted today to pass the Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act which provides funding for the Women, Infants and Children program also known as WIC. It ensures lower-income women and their children get needed nutritional assistance.

These bills mirror other bills the Republican-led House passed in the last few days including a measure to provide funding to the NIH for lifesaving clinical research, open our national parks and fund salaries for our National Guardsmen.

"Each of these measures passed the House with Republican and Democrat support," said Congressman Luke Messer. "These are easy, common sense, common ground issues where we all agree. There's nothing political about passing bills to help sick kids, provide funding for natural disaster relief or help low-income women and children. The Senate should consider these bills immediately."

The House is expected to take up several more mini-funding bills over the weekend as House Republicans continue to work to keep the government running and protect the American people from the failings of Obamacare.