WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, Congressman August Pfluger and Congressman Henry Cuellar led a bi-partisan group of 27 Members of the Texas Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to President Biden asking him to immediately approve the Individual Assistance Program for all 254 counties in Texas.
“We fear that your initial Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declaration falls far short of the actual needs of our state and request the immediate approval of all 254 Texas counties for Individual Assistance,” the Members wrote in the letter. “The services provided by FEMA’s Individual Assistance programs are essential to helping states and communities recover from disasters. Although the initial effects of this unprecedented winter storm are beginning to dissipate, the entire state continues to reel from the aftermath that has left millions without power, potable water, and dwindled food supplies.”
“President Biden’s initial disaster declaration left too many counties in the 11th District of Texas behind. I am proud to represent this resilient district and advocate on behalf of the hard-working men and women who live here. The President should immediately approve Individual Assistance for every Texas county in need,” said Congressman August Pfluger.
The letter was led by Congressman August Pfluger and Congressman Henry Cuellar. Other signers of the letter include Texas Representatives Tony Gonzales, Ronny Jackson, Pat Fallon, Van Taylor, Joaquin Castro, Kevin Brady, Michael T. McCaul, Dan Crenshaw, Randy Weber, Al Green, Beth Van Duyne, Michael C. Burgess, M.D., Colin Allred, Lance Gooden, Pete Sessions, Roger Williams, Jodey Arrington, Sheila Jackson Lee, Louie Gohmert, Vicente Gonzalez, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Brian Babin, John Carter, Michael Cloud, and Kay Granger.
Last week, Congressman Pfluger sent a letter to President Biden requesting swift approval of Governor Abbott’s Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas. The Major Disaster Declaration was approved, but President Biden approved only 77 of 254 counties in Texas for Individual Assistance.