WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement of support in response to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) decision to approve the State Action Plan that will allocate more than $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to help Texas communities continue to recover from Hurricane Harvey.
“HUD’s approval of over $5 billion in disaster recovery funding is welcome news to the millions of Texans who were affected by the destruction of Hurricane Harvey,” Sen. Cruz said. “This funding is crucial in aiding Texas’ long-term recovery efforts and will help rebuild our Gulf Coast communities. One year after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, it is imperative that all federal and state partners continue to work together to deliver the funds provided by Congress as quickly as possible to ensure that the state has all the resources it needs to recover.”
Last year, Sen. Cruz worked with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to secure legislation that increased the funding available in Texas, and that made available the $5 billion in HUD funding approved today. He also joined with his colleagues in the Texas delegation in a letter to HUD urging for the public comment period to be shortened in order to speed up allocation of Harvey relief funds. In April, HUD announced an additional $5 billion in mitigation funding as part of the $89.3 billion disaster relief legislation passed by Congress in February.