Hutchison Pushes for For Federal Assistance for Texas Hurricane Victims

Congress members are moving quickly to pass an emergency disaster assistance package to help Texans recover from Hurricane Ike. Sara Sciammacco reports.
The disaster package will pay for housing, rebuilding infrastructure, and to clean up debris from the storm. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison led a news conference with other members of the Texas delegation on Capitol Hill.

"It should be a disaster package that should stand on its own. I think the cleaner way to do it on a bipartisan basis is to put it on the CR."

The CR, or continuing resolution, is a special bill that provides temporary relief to keep the government operating. Hutchison wants to make sure other non-related issues don't bog down the emergency plan.

"There are certain conflicts in several of the measures that are going to be coming in at the end and I think we are just going to have to take it one issue at a time."

Texas Republican John Carter represents Round Rock. He says the community only felt some wind, but housed evacuees and sent first responders to the coast.

"Texas executed its plan well now we are going to exercise this plan well here in the United States Congress. There is nothing prouder than to stand up here on a bipartisan basis and say one thing you can count on in Texas whoever it is if there from Texas were there to stand beside."


House leaders want the plan to include assistance for victims of the tornadoes that destroyed parts of the Midwest this summer, and for western communities hit hard by wildfires. The Texas delegation hopes Congress will vote on the measure by the end of the week.

From CNC Sara Sciammacco KUHF Houston Public Radio.