Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, today urged Members of Congress to immediately make more money available to fight floods and finish repairs in Missouri's Fifth District.
"My constituents, as well as many thousands of others living along the Missouri River, experienced a flood of historic proportions and catastrophic damages last year," said Congressman Cleaver. "And still today, they are dealing with delays, waiting for repairs, and living in fear of future flooding. Enough is enough. Let's get them the help they need -- now."
Total repair costs from the flood are estimated to reach $2 billion. Raging flood waters breached levees, damaged farmland and devastated homes, farms and businesses. This amendment cuts through the red tape of waiting on supplemental appropriations from Congress and transfers funding from other accounts.
The amendment offered by the Congressman, which passed with a voice vote, increases flood assistance by $3M and decreases funding elsewhere to make more dollars available in the Corps' Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies Account. The amendment is to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013.
"People of Missouri's Fifth District are tired of waiting and they shouldn't have to wait any longer," said Congressman Cleaver. "We all know that emergencies will continue to occur and it is incumbent upon us to give those responding to these catastrophic events the tools they need to get the job done -- and done now."