Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) participated in a joint press conference Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) stressing the importance of securing additional disaster funds for the State of Texas.

This is a marathon, not a sprint, said Poe. It is important that we all continue to work together as a unified team in representing the needs of Southeast Texas. While we have been dealt some hard blows, there have been some victories and as long as we stay in this fight, we will see more to come. Keeping Rita, the forgotten Hurricane in the National spot light is a tough fight, but one I plan to vigorously continue. Margaret Thatcher may have said it best, sometimes to win the war, you must fight the battle more than once.

The joint press conference stressed the importance of federal and state funding, particularly Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), to keep Jefferson County on the road to recovery.

Jefferson County Judge Carl Griffith thanked Congressman Poe for his immediate response to their needs, Congressman Poe was here as soon as the storm passed, if not sooner, and I commend him for his efforts throughout our recovery.

Congressman Poe and his staff continue to assist constituents throughout Jefferson County in receiving assistance and meeting their recovery needs. Congressman Poe has hosted several meetings for local representatives in Washington to continue to push for fair and equal treatment in Congress. The district office continues to host informational workshops with representatives from FEMA, IRS, Small Business Association, Texas Dept. of Insurance and other agencies to ensure everyone has the opportunity to get their questions answered and receive full compensation for their needs.

The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) is a voluntary association of local governments that serves an area composed of Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties. The Planning Commission was established in June, 1970 under authority provided by the Texas Legislature in 1965. SETRPC is one of 24 Regional Planning Councils that serve all of Texas. Regional Council boundaries conform to the State Planning Region System whereby 24 areas or regions are delineated according to socio-economic and physical characteristics that set one area apart from another.