Working Together to Protect Houston

In the last several weeks, Congress has taken important steps to improve flood mitigation projects in Houston and repair damage from the recent Tax Day floods.

Funding for Flood Damage Repair

Congress recently passed a continuing resolution, which included $500 million in disaster relief funding for areas that have experienced significant flood damage in the last year. I will continue to advocate for Texas to receive a portion of this funding to assist in rebuilding after the Tax Day floods.

Prioritizing Houston Flood Mitigation Projects

Congressman Al Green (TX-09) and I teamed up to pass an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act that prioritizes flood mitigation projects in areas where loss of life has occurred due to flooding. We also passed an amendment to expedite Brays Bayou, which will remove 29,000 homes from the 100 year floodplain.

You can watch Congressman Green and I debate these amendments on the House floor here: 

Working with Local Officials

I am committed to working with State and local officials so that we can improve Houston’s flood infrastructure. Last week, I toured the Addicks and Barker dams with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and met with the new executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District, Russell Poppe, to explore new solutions to prevent future flooding in Harris County.

I toured Addicks and Barker dams with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week. We discussed the sustainability of the dams and how we can work together to improve flood mitigation projects in District 7.

Flood control is an essential part of protecting our quality of life in Houston, and I will continue to work with local leaders to develop strategic long-term solutions to prevent future flooding.

It is an honor and privilege to represent you and Texas in the United States House.


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