Pittenger on Hurricane Matthew funding
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR COOPER’S HURRICANE MATTHEW LETTER
WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who has been actively engaged with local leaders on Hurricane Matthew funding needs since October 2016, issued this statement in response to Governor Cooper’s letter:
“Currently, federal administrators are finalizing nearly $200 million in disaster relief funding for North Carolina. At the same time, I’m working quietly, behind-the-scenes, directly with Appropriations Chairman Frelinghuysen and Senator Tillis to secure additional funding available in current FY2017 appropriations, and we have already laid the groundwork for additional funding in FY2018.
“While my team and I have had extensive and ongoing contact with local officials regarding their needs, prior to late last week, my office had never heard from Governor Cooper on this topic. On the contrary, my Chief of Staff provided an in-person update to the Governor’s office yesterday, where we learned how much already-appropriated money had not been finalized for processing.
“With support from House Appropriations and Senator Tillis, we had already begun scheduling a briefing from HUD to secure additional funding prior to Governor Cooper’s letter.
“Attached is a memo forwarded yesterday to local and state officials regarding our efforts.”
Congressman Pittenger represents Robeson, Cumberland, and Bladen counties, which were severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew flooding. In December 2016, he helped secure more than $300 million in initial disaster recovery assistance funding.