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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Announces Critical Disaster Food Stamp Program Soon to Reopen

October 12th, 2017

Press Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Contact: Rucks Russell

October 12, 2017                                                                                         202-225-3816

 

 

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Announces Critical Disaster Food Stamp Program Soon to Reopen

 

Jackson Lee: “While we continue to fight for more funding in Washington, it is imperative that all branches of government speak with one voice so that those still suffering from Hurricane Harvey can get the help they need.”

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, issued the following statement about significant progress towards reopening the D-SNAP program:

 

“Earlier this month just after the D-SNAP program in Houston ended, I immediately sent a letter urging the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with me to give struggling Hurricane Harvey survivors more time to obtain the food assistance they so desperately need.  I knew that with all the long lines at Disaster Recovery Centers throughout my district and elsewhere, people were suffering.

 

“Fortunately, the USDA was very accommodating and agreed to resume operations of the program for an additional three days.  However, the Harris County took longer than I feel is reasonable in a disaster to identify the requisite sites.

 

“That is why I am pleased to announce that authorities are now setting up a site at Alexander Deussen Park, located at 12303 Sonia Road.  We expect the location to be up and running as soon as possible.  In the meantime, I will continue my work to secure more sites because people are hurting.

 

“Houston is still confronting disaster with businesses closed and people out of work.  While we fight for funding in Washington, it is imperative that all branches of government collaborate to get people the help they need.  That is what is happening now, but it should have been sooner.”

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

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