|Washington, DC –Congressman Al Green today issued the following statement regarding Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan’s visit to Houston:|
“I am honored that Secretary Donovan was able to visit my district in Houston today. Our region is still suffering from the impacts of Hurricane Ike, so his visit to evaluate ongoing recovery challenges and to discuss new funding to support our efforts to return to normal is timely and welcome. I look forward to working with Secretary Donovan to address these challenges, as well as the other numerous challenges currently facing the housing market.
I regret that I am unable to attend this important event. The House of Representatives today voted on H.J. Res. 38, a bill making continuing appropriations to allow many critical government programs to continue functioning. Funding for departments including the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Energy, as well as Housing and Urban Development would have expired today had Congress not passed H.J. Res. 38.
This was a critical vote to ensure that the people of our congressional district and people around the nation did not face the loss of crucial government services. I felt it necessary to be present to vote to properly represent the people of the Ninth Congressional District.
I regret this unfortunate scheduling conflict and I would like to once again thank Secretary Donovan for providing us with this important visit today.”