Hurricane Harvey

Commissioner Bush Says Federal Bureaucracy Is Slowing Down Help For Harvey Victims

He testified before the Texas House Committee on Urban Affairs during a hearing held in Beaumont

Land Commissioner George P. Bush
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush thinks current regulations and protocols from the federal government are slowing down the recovery after Hurricane Harvey.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said Wednesday current regulations and protocols from the federal government are slowing down the recovery after Hurricane Harvey.

During a hearing held in Beaumont, Bush testified before the Texas House Committee on Urban Affairs.

Bush enumerated several current guidelines that, in his opinion, are causing difficulty for Harvey victims.

One of them is the fact that, in order to receive certain financial assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Harvey victims have to apply for loans granted through the Small Business Administration (SBA).

This happens regardless of the fact the person owns or not a small business because one of the tasks of the SBA is distributing disaster recovery funds.

While addressing the members of the committee, Bush said that the process to apply for SBA loans is “voluminous”, “difficult” and “complicated.”

Bush also indicated that the difficulty to house Harvey victims in trailers that are not owned by FEMA and the fact that, because of the Federal Privacy Act, case workers must obtain clearance from the federal government to be able to process “personally identifiable information” are becoming hurdles for the recovery process.

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