Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Applauds Passage of HELP Act to Expedite Recovery Process After Disasters

December 17, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2548, the Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects (HELP) Act, legislation Congressman Olson (TX-22) introduced in May together with Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07). The bill passed with bipartisan support in a vote of 409 to 7.

“In the aftermath of natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey, government should not be an obstruction to recovery,” Congressman Olson said. “No one should be forced to delay recovery under unsafe conditions due to bureaucratic red tape. The HELP Act eliminates needless federal regulations so that homes, businesses and infrastructure impacted by devastation are put on the fast track to recovery. I’m thrilled that the House passed our bipartisan bill today. I urge the Senate to act quickly as well.”

“I am proud of the HELP Act and all it represents — bipartisan, common-sense, meaningful legislation born out of a partnership with our community that will benefit all Americans,” Congresswoman Fletcher said. “By allowing certain disaster mitigation and recovery projects to begin more quickly without jeopardizing potential federal funding, the HELP Act provides a straightforward solution to a real problem that will have a meaningful impact at home and across the country. I thank my colleagues for working with me to make this improvement to the disaster recovery process, and I look forward to our next collaboration.”

The bill was introduced with bipartisan support from additional co-sponsors Reps. G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Mark Meadows (NC-11). The HELP Act is designed to assist municipalities and local agencies expedite certain disaster mitigation projects by removing unnecessary delays and streamlining the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) hazard mitigation grant program. The bill now moves to the United States Senate.