Rep. Barletta demands full funding of Disaster Relief Fund

Sep 14, 2011
Press Release

HAZLETON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, today sent a letter to Republican leaders in the House demanding that the Disaster Relief Fund be fully funded.

Rep. Barletta sent the letter early Wednesday afternoon to House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers.

"I have been crisscrossing the 11th District since Thursday night. I have spoken with thousands of my neighbors who need help recovering from this epic disaster. I've met with elected officials whose municipal budgets cannot pay for the damage they suffered or the recovery effort. That's why I'm calling on my colleagues in the House to make sure the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania get the assistance they need and deserve," Rep. Barletta said.


 Full Text:

September 14, 2011

The Honorable John A. Boehner
Office of the Speaker
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Speaker Boehner:

In recent weeks, my district, along with much of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the East Coast, has been devastated in the wake of both Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  Homes have been destroyed, businesses have been lost, lives have been shattered and the recovery effort will likely take months, if not years.  My constituents and this area have never seen the devastation like they are experiencing now.  

In order to help those, whose lives were torn apart by these unprecedented storms, I ask that you fully fund the Disaster Relief Fund and provide additional emergency resources, as needed.  These funds are desperately needed to help those in Northeastern Pennsylvania and others who were victimized by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  Together, we need to stand by those were affected and help them as they start to rebuild their homes and lives.

                    Very truly yours,

                    Lou Barletta
                    Member of Congress

CC:    The Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader
    The Honorable Hal Roger, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations