Harvey & Flood Control
“The bipartisan Flood Mapping Modernization and Homeowner Empowerment Pilot Program Act of 2018… would provide $5.5 million for demonstration grants to cities to improve mapping technologies and provide better data to Congress and FEMA. One of the House sponsors is Houston Republican John Culberson… called the bill "another step forward to improve Houston's preparedness and every other community across the nation.”
"Rep. John Culberson called on the U.S. Justice Department Friday to investigate whether the Army Corps of Engineers violated civil or criminal laws by failing to alert the public to its own forecasts showing that Hurricane Harvey could cause the Corps' two West Houston reservoirs to flood suburban neighborhoods."
At one time, members of Congress could earmark spending for specific projects in their districts, but that’s no longer an option. So as committee members worked on a bill appropriating money for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires, U.S. Rep. John Culberson, Houston’s man on the House Appropriations Committee, used tricks he learned in the state legislature to insert some important language. As a result, the finished bill gives priority to areas to that have suffered “multiple disaster declarations in recent years,” a phrase that just happens to describe greater Houston. That crafty wording puts our area at the head of the line for receiving flood control funding from this legislation."
“(Thumbs up) Finally! Wonders of wonders, miracles of miracles, Houston actually has a Hurricane Harvey recovery bill. The $90 billion disaster aid package made its way through the Senate after surviving what Politico called "the dumbest shutdown ever" (more on that below). In this political day and age there's only one rational way to celebrate this accomplishment - a parade. We're thinking U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. John Culberson on a tiki-style float down Buffalo Bayou. You know, they actually did stuff like that to celebrate federal funding for the Port of Houston. Culberson worked to transform the White House's F-minus Harvey bill into a passing grade and Cornyn ushered it through the Senate. Now here's the next step: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Mayor Sylvester Turner have requested $200 million in state funds for flood prevention infrastructure.”
U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston, who is in a tough fight for re-election this year, slammed Schumer in Houston to the Texas Lyceum group.
"The House has already done our job," he said. "As the senior appropriator from Texas, I was in a great position to make sure the bill that passed the House funded every [federally-approved] flood control project in Harris County."
"I hear he's in Houston this weekend," he said. "I hope when Schumer comes to Houston on Saturday he will come out to visit neighborhoods that have suffered."
Culberson then reminded the group that he was the lone Texas Republican who voted for disaster funding when superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in Schumer's home state of New York.
"I’m the Texas Republican who voted for the Hurricane Sandy relief bill because I knew we'd be in the same position someday," he added."Just as I was there for his constituents when Sandy hit, I hope he’ll be there for Texans."
“The most central U.S. House player in this effort is Culberson, the Republican congressman from west Houston and a nine-term incumbent.
He is Houston’s only member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and has earned quiet praise from some Democrats for a willingness to work across party lines and with members from Florida who are also fighting for disaster funding after their own hurricane damage.”
The lawmakers emphasized the Houston region's bipartisan cooperation in helping secure the long-awaited funding… Culberson said it is enough "to finish every federally authorized flood control project in southeast Texas."
In its third emergency aid request since August, the White House on Friday asked Congress to approve $44 billion for ongoing hurricane recovery efforts, a figure seen as insufficient on both sides of the aisle… (S)enior House appropriator John Culberson said it “would sabotage what has been an incredible response by President Trump to Hurricane Harvey up to this point.” … “It falls severely short of the bare minimum needed to continue repairing the damage of Hurricane Harvey in Texas in every aspect…Luckily, OMB does not fund the government. Congress writes the checks and we will fix this. Texans, Floridians, and Puerto Ricans deserve better.”
Campaign & Politics
“More than one Republican operative described him as “righting the ship,” and many now suggest that while he will have to work for re-election, this race is coming off their worry list…
Upon Fletcher’s victory, Culberson released a statement emphasizing the importance of his seat on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.
While the mention of such an assignment might make the average Houstonian’s eyes glaze over, it could be the crux of the general election fight. Culberson argues that Houston cannot afford to lose his seat on the committee that is integral to deciding how the government will spend its money, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.”
NASA & Science
“We have a Congressman who: Appreciates knowledge for the sake of knowledge; Understands the importance of funding basic scientific inquiry; Refuses to allow science to be influenced by political pressures from the left or right; Wants more science right now; (and) Puts his money where his mouth is and funds science to a greater extent than what was requested by scientists themselves.”
A U.S. House of Representatives spending panel voted today to restore a small NASA climate research program… It was offered by Representative John Culberson (R–TX), chairman of the spending panel that oversees NASA. Culberson cited the climate program’s importance as part of the agency’s efforts to track all sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
Houston’s worst chokepoint is about to be a construction zone for the next five or six years, in the hopes that drivers eventually reap the rewards… Ultimately, without new projects, people waste time, which not only costs them money, but valuable experiences with family, said Congressman John Culberson, R-Houston. Culberson, a longtime supporter of the widening of Interstate 10, said the two projects are similar in that they are major endeavors that improve life in Houston.