Washington – Today, Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Jared Huffman (CA-02), and Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) released the following statements expressing disappointment after help for fire survivors was left out of the government funding bill.
“It is a sad day when a bipartisan bill that helps people and has broad support in both chambers of Congress can’t get through the Senate,” said Thompson. “This is terrible for fire survivors throughout California. There are several tax bills that must be considered next year, and I will continue to push that relief for fire survivors be included.”
“Along with several California colleagues, I worked hard to pass this legislation, but nobody worked harder than Mike Thompson. I commend Rep. Thompson for the passion and dedication he brought to this effort, and I share his disappointment that Northern California fire disaster victims will not get federal tax relief in this year’s government funding bill,” said Huffman. “I will keep working in every way I can to support Californians who lost property, homes, and even loved ones in the terrible wildfires that ravaged our region.”
"It's appalling that after all this time an agreement could not be made between the House and Senate to deliver wildfire survivors financial relief from abusive taxes. Congressman Thompson and I have led a bipartisan delegation, including our Senators, to fight for Fire Victim Trust beneficiaries' tax-exempt status. The removal of the tax package as a whole was a significant setback by the Senate. I will continue to fight for this bill and we will reintroduce it quickly in the new Congress. I expect there will be a new effort on disaster relief and other tax provisions that were not included." said LaMalfa. "Fire victims need this tax relief to help in rebuilding their lives."
The PG&E Fire Victim Trust was established following California wildfires in 2015, 2017, and 2018. H.R. 7305 was introduced by Thompson, Huffman, and LaMalfa on March 30, 2022.