Butterfield: NC Republicans’ Vote Against Harvey Relief Package Damaging to Matthew Recovery Efforts

Sep 8, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives’ vote on the Senate-passed package to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and other natural disasters that occurred in Fiscal Year 2017:

“Today, I voted to send $15.25 billion in critical aid to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and disasters that occurred in fiscal year 2017 like Hurricane Matthew that devastated many areas of my district.  The bill passed the House and will now be forwarded to President Trump for his signature, but the legislation passed without the support of several Republican members of Congress from North Carolina. 

“I continue to work hard to address the ongoing needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, and I am deeply disappointed in my colleagues in the North Carolina delegation; George Holding (NC-02), Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Mark Walker (NC-06), David Rouzer (NC-07), Richard Hudson (NC-08), Mark Meadows (NC-11), and Ted Budd (NC-13); who were among the 90 Republican representatives who voted against today’s legislation.  Their actions potentially imperil my efforts to secure recovery money for eastern North Carolina in the 2018 budget. 

“The devastation caused by these storms is a tragedy, and Congress must act to protect these communities.  North Carolinians, especially, know the road to recovery after a storm can be long and painful.  Our state is still struggling to recover from devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, and my North Carolina colleagues who opposed today’s legislation have a responsibility to not jeopardize future funding for our state when natural disasters occur.”