Maybe Lou has changed his mind about offsetting disaster relief with cuts to the budget in other areas. I got 2 press releases from Barletta suggesting that he may break from the House GOP leadership and will be the Congressman that we need in a time like this.
Rep. Barletta demands full funding of Disaster Relief Fund
HAZLETON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, today sent a letter to Republican leaders in the House demanding that the Disaster Relief Fund be fully funded.
Rep. Barletta sent the letter early Wednesday afternoon to House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers.
"I have been crisscrossing the 11th District since Thursday night. I have spoken with thousands of my neighbors who need help recovering from this epic disaster. I've met with elected officials whose municipal budgets cannot pay for the damage they suffered or the recovery effort. That's why I'm calling on my colleagues in the House to make sure the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania get the assistance they need and deserve," Rep. Barletta said.
Part of the letter he wrote to Speaker John Boehner:
In order to help those, whose lives were torn apart by these unprecedented storms, I ask that you fully fund the Disaster Relief Fund and provide additional emergency resources, as needed. These funds are desperately needed to help those in Northeastern Pennsylvania and others who were victimized by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Together, we need to stand by those were affected and help them as they start to rebuild their homes and lives.
He also wants the Small Business Administration to give our local businesses the same interest rate break that was afforded to Hurricane Katrina victims.
Rep. Barletta working to lower high SBA disaster loan interest rate
“This is a natural disaster. It should not be a money-making operation for the federal government.”
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