Today, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) issued the following statement after Vice President Kamala Harris announced that California will receive $600 million for wildfire recovery and prevention efforts:
“Wildfires have always been part of our reality in California. But the infernos we have battled over the past few years – including the two largest wildfires in our state’s history – are a dire warning that we must utilize every available resource to protect our people, lands, and communities. This federal disaster relief will be crucial for building up California’s resilience to the worsening impacts of the climate crisis, especially when paired with the funding still to come from the historic bipartisan infrastructure package. I applaud the administration’s focus on helping our families and communities combat wildfires.
“We must do all we can to address the impacts, and to reverse the course of climate change altogether. ”Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack were in Southern California today to announce California will receive $600 million – part of $1.3 billion in federal disaster aid. California is also expected to receive a share of $5 billion for wildfire prevention and preparation efforts in the bipartisan infrastructure package Congress passed last November.