Funding for FEMA and Low-Income Women, Infants and Children
by Lamar Smith on October 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM
I voted, along with House Republicans, to make sure that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is fully funded to assist states and communities across the country in the event of an emergency. The House of Representatives also voted to provide funding for low-income women, infants and children to make sure they can continue to receive prenatal vitamins, formula, baby food and other essential items.
The House of Representatives was in session this weekend to continue voting on legislation to restore funding to critical government programs. Earlier last week, the House passed legislation to make sure that our national guardsmen and reserves are paid, and to ensure that America’s veterans have access to the care and benefits they need and deserve. The House also voted to reopen the national parks, including the San Antonio Missions Historical National Park, and to continue federally-funded research for life-threatening diseases like cancer.
Once again, House Republicans have voted to restore funding to key government programs during the partial government shutdown. We have made sure that FEMA can help states and communities in need of emergency assistance. And we voted to provide women, infants and children with federal assistance so they can get the nutrition and care they need.
These are common-sense bills to fund critical government programs. This is not about Republican policies or Democratic proposals; it’s about what’s best for the American people. I hope that Senate Democrats and the President will set partisan politics aside and bring these critical funding bills to the floor.