Hurricane Harvey

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The House Speaker and several members of the Texas Congressional Delegation visited Houston to personally assess the devastation caused by hurricane Harvey.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, along with several members of the Texas Congressional Delegation, visited Houston Thursday to personally see the devastation caused by hurricane Harvey.

Federal and local officials, including representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Harris County Flood Control District, among others, briefed Ryan and the other lawmakers about the recovery efforts that are currently under way in the Houston region.

The group also took an aerial tour of the region to assess the damage and then visited a hardly hit subdivision in Friendswood, located about 20 miles southeast of Houston, where they helped in the clean up process along with members of Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization that is helping with that part of the recovery process in the Friendswood area.

President Donald Trump has already signed a $15 billion hurricane Harvey relief bill, but Ryan, as well as U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz –who represent Texas in the Senate–, noted there will be additional federal aid to help Texans.

“I anticipate there’ll be more than one piece of legislation moving through Congress, but right now it’s the short term emergency needs and we’re waiting to hear from the Administration because they’re totaling up what’s going on in Florida, in Texas, we’ll see what’s the story in Puerto Rico and then we’ll get a request from the Administration and then we will act on that request, I anticipate sometime in October,” the Speaker said during a press conference held after the group helped the volunteers from Team Rubicon.


Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz is originally from Madrid (Spain). He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all platforms of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master’s degree...

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