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Congressman McCarthy on California Wildfire Relief

Jan 9, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on California wildfire relief:

“I was with the President and Governor Gavin Newsom last year when we toured the devastation from the wildfires. The President and his administration understand the severity of the devastation and have delivered for Californians. House Republicans worked with the administration to pass supplemental appropriations in October of 2017 and February of 2018 that provided California access to tens of billions of dollars of disaster relief and recovery funding, in addition to funding for specific fire prevention and suppression. The Republican House also passed an additional $8 billion supplemental in December of last year, including $720 million for specific wildfire accounts. I will continue to work with the administration and our California Republican and Democrat elected officials to ensure that California continues to receive needed disaster-related funding.

“The President's message shows clear frustration about an important issue that has not been resolved - how we deal with addressing wildfires in California going forward so that more lives aren't at risk. We are all frustrated with the lack of proper forest management that could mitigate the damage our communities have experienced and will certainly experience in the future.

“This issue is too important for Californians, so Republicans will offer an amendment to the Democrat’s spending bills that will be voted on the floor this week to increase money for forest management that will help prevent and reduce the devastation from wildfires that we saw a couple months ago. I look forward to Speaker Pelosi and the entire delegation joining me to make California forests healthier and communities safer.”