Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act to Meet Immediate Needs Arising From the Consequences of Hurricane Katrina” (H.R. 3645) by voice vote. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) made the following statement about this bill:
“Hurricane Katrina tore through the southern part of our nation, devastating some of our finest cities and the lives of hundreds of thousands of our neighbors in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida,” said Wilson. “Federal, state, and local officials are working around the clock to help those left in Katrina's wake. As families continue to search for their loved ones and refugees wait for food and shelter, we must do more to immediately help our fellow citizens.”
“Today, Congress passed a $10.5 billion aid package to ensure that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has the resources necessary to quickly and efficiently help victims. Congress will continue to provide its utmost support for these crucial efforts.
“The compassion, generosity, and solidarity of the American people during difficult times are one of our most cherished blessings as citizens of our great nation. As we now face the severity of this historic natural disaster, Americans must do what we do best: help each other. I would like to encourage all South Carolinians to contribute their support to those in need during this devastating situation. Please visit www.redcross.org for more information on how you can help. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.”