In light of a critical new report of the Cooper Administration’s mishandling of the Hurricane Matthew recovery, House Majority Leader John Bell (R-Wayne) and Deputy House Majority Leader Brenden Jones (R-Columbus) today sent a letter to Speaker of the House Tim Moore asking him to re-authorize the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief to make sure relief is getting to those in need.
The report, which was released on May 20th by the NC General Assembly’s non-partisan Program Evaluation Division, highlights several examples of “missteps,” “delays” and “unnecessary spending” in the Cooper Administration’s response to Hurricane Matthew.
“We believe this is unacceptable and it is our duty as legislators to help bring accountability and oversight while also identifying opportunities to speed up the process and make sure it does not happen again,” the letter states.
The two lawmakers, who serve as co-chairs of the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief, specifically pointed to the report’s uncovering that the Cooper Administration only spent 1% of a $236.5 million federal grant two years after the storm made landfall.
“The people of eastern and southeastern North Carolina deserve better. They cannot afford any more delays and missteps. As representatives of districts that were severely impacted by both hurricanes, we are asking you to reestablish the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief to ensure relief finally gets to those who are in desperate need of help.”
To date, the NC General Assembly has appropriated more than $1 billion from its rainy day reserve for disaster recovery after the state was hit by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence in 2018.
A PDF of the full letter can be found here.