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Rep. Gabbard Votes for FAA Extension and Immediate Hurricane Relief

September 28, 2017, 12:04 PM HST
* Updated September 28, 12:11 PM
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Courtesy photo.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard voted for a legislation that temporarily reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration, provides tax relief to those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, extends critical health care provisions, and modernizes aspects of the National Flood Insurance Program.

The emergency tax relief for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands comes after Rep. Gabbard joined colleagues in delivering a letter to President Trump, urging the administration to immediately mobilize additional Department of Defense resources for Puerto Rican and US Virgin Island recovery efforts.

“While this bill failed to extend key healthcare and education programs that will be expiring soon, it included critical measures that will ensure the FAA reauthorization is extended, stabilizes the National Flood Insurance Program, extends programs for Teaching Health Centers, strengthens Medicare, and protects diabetes treatment programs for Native Americans.

“Most critically, this bill provides tax relief to Americans in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands who saw their lives and livelihoods upended by Hurricane Maria, as well as those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Congress and the Administration must take further action to ensure those impacted get the relief and assistance they so desperately need,” said Rep. Gabbard.

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