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Bush Complains To Trump About Delay In Arrival Of $4 Billion For Harvey Recovery And Flood Mitigation

Congress appropriated the funding in February of 2018 but HUD hasn’t published the rules governing its use in the Federal Register, which is a mandatory step in the process.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush..

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is complaining about the bureaucracy that’s delaying the arrival of federal funds worth $4 billion for Harvey recovery and flood mitigation projects in the state and is asking President Donald Trump to cut the red tape.

In response to the massive devastation Hurricane Harvey caused, Congress appropriated $4.383 billion to Texas to help rebuild and mitigate against future storms through Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery on February 9, 2018. That’s almost a year ago.

In order for Texas to receive these funds, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) must publish rules governing the use of the recovery dollars in the Federal Register, which enables the Texas General Land Office to move forward drafting the state’s action plan.

Once the state action plan has been drafted and made available in multiple languages for a mandatory public comment period, it is then sent to HUD for approval. The federally mandated State Action Plan process takes a minimum of four months and has taken longer than six months in many cases.

“Mitigation should be a top priority to prevent future damage from hurricanes and storms while maximizing the use of recovery dollars, yet the federal bureaucracy is slowing recovery in Texas,” Bush wrote in the letter sent to the President and added the delay in Texas receiving the federal funding “is resulting in homeowner distress, community degradation and increased costs to the federal government due to subsequent damaging events.”

The bottom line of Bush’s letter is that he is asking Trump to call on HUD to publish the rules governing the $4.383 billion appropriated to Texas immediately.

Hurricane Harvey has been the most economically destructive hurricane to hit Texas, with damage estimated at $113 billion.

You can read Commissioner Bush’s letter here:

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