Gov. Abbott: $20B additional federal funds for Harvey relief may not make it to Texas
KFDM News has learned that $20 billion of additional federal funds for Harvey relief may not make it to Texas.
Gov. Greg Abbott is working with the Texas Delegation to secure the funding.
The governor was in Southeast Texas Wednesday.
Gov. Abbott said he was on a call to Washington, trying to persuade lawmakers to send more relief funds to the Lone Star State.
"It is essential to respond to the greatest, largest catastrophe we've ever had," said Gov. Abbott while meeting with Hardin County officials.
He went on to speak about the request for relief funding.
"It was a request for $20 billion dollars and right before this meeting, I learned that Texas might not be getting any of that money," Abbott said.
He said the reason Texas may not receive the money is because Texas lawmakers lost votes for funding.
"My urgent request to the Texas Delegation is that they vote in unison to send a message to the rest of Congress," said Abbott.
And Southeast Texans that KFDM News spoke with also agree.
"It is, it's a big letdown," said one Southeast Texan.
"I think they need it a lot especially this area," said another Southeast Texan that we spoke to. "There is hardly anyone who didn't get affected."
We can't do this from the funds that we just have locally," said Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel.
McDaniel says it's imperative to have money to cleanup and rebuild the area.
"Were going to rely on the funds that come from the state and the federal government, so it's very imperative that we know that monies there so we can rebuild and make progress for Hardin County and all of Southeast Texas," McDaniel said.
The governor also stopped in Port Arthur and Orange on Wednesday.
He says he wants to assure Southeast Texans that he's doing everything he can to get people help.