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Sen. Cruz Pushes Measures For Texas Wildfire Relief  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this week introduced two amendments relating to wildfire relief to the spending package before the Senate. The amendments were designed to enhance the ability of disaster aid agencies, including FEMA, to assist individuals affected by the 2024 wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma.

Upon introduction, Sen. Cruz said, “Recently, devastating wildfires ravaged the Texas panhandle. Thankfully, the fires have  been fully contained, prompting the affected communities to begin the process of rebuilding and recovering. While the fires were burning, I went down to Fritch and Borger to meet with local officials and Texan families who had lost everything. I met with Chief Zeb Smith—a hero—who we tragically lost in a fire the next day. From the people who’ve lost their homes, to our ranchers who suffered a devastating loss of livestock, we need to stand with the Panhandle and help them recover from this historic disaster. I will continue working to provide the Panhandle with the necessary support to recover from the devastation of these wildfires.”

BACKGROUND:

 

  • Sen. Cruz recently delivered remarks on the Senate floor on the fires in the Texas Panhandle and in honor of the sacrifice and service of Fritch Volunteer Fire Chief Zeb Smith.
  • Sens. Cruz and Cornyn issued a statement of support for Governor Abbott’s request for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to conduct joint preliminary damage assessments in communities impacted by wildfires to determine if Texas meets the threshold for additional federal disaster assistance.

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