Senate approves small bill to help Oso recovery

The Senate passed a small bill Thursday that will help victims of the Oso, Wash., landslide begin recovery.

The Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act, S. 404, authorizes preservation of the Green Mountain lookout point near the area devastated by a massive landslide last month.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced the bill last year and got unanimous consent from the Senate to pass the legislation Thursday.

“I request unanimous consent to pass a bill that is a very small step in what will be a very long recovery,” Murray said on the Senate floor. “This will provide a glimmer of hope for the long-term recovery of this area.”

Murray said the bill would aid in the recovery of Snohomish County because the Green Mountain lookout point is a tourist destination in the state.

On Wednesday, President Obama granted a major disaster declaration to provide federal relief for the area. More than 30 people died in the slide and 15 are still considered missing.

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