Trump approves Nebraska disaster declaration

Trump approves Nebraska disaster declaration
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE approved a disaster declaration Thursday to address severe flooding in Nebraska.

The declaration will free up federal funding to assist local efforts to recover from the powerful winter storm that hit the Midwest last week and triggered massive floods.

Nebraska’s congressional delegation had sent a letter to Trump Tuesday urging him sign a presidential disaster declaration.

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“We write in strong support of Governor Pete Ricketts’s request for an expedited presidential disaster declaration for what the governor has called ‘the most widespread disaster we’ve had in our state’s history,’" Sens. Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerSenate approves stopgap bill to prevent shutdown Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid Female lawmakers make bipartisan push for more women in politics at All In Together gala MORE (R) and Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSenators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report Live coverage: DOJ inspector general testifies on Capitol Hill FCC votes to bar use of its funds to purchase Huawei, ZTE equipment MORE (R), and Reps. Jeff FortenberryJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FortenberryHouse Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death House Appropriations passes defense bill that would limit funds for border wall, pull US support from Yemen war Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill MORE (R), Don Bacon (R) and Adrian SmithAdrian Michael SmithRural broadband in jeopardy unless Congress fixes taxing problem Statue of Chief Standing Bear to be unveiled in Capitol Democrats struggle with repeal of key Trump tax provision MORE (R) wrote.

"We are grateful for the responsiveness and assistance FEMA has already provided to Nebraskans in need and look forward to continued partnership on behalf of our state.” 

At at least three people in Nebraska and Iowa have been killed from the flooding so far.

Early estimates say Nebraska will likely face $400 million in losses from damage to livestock and fields and will have to pay $200 million to repair infrastructure, according to the congressional delegation.

Vice President Pence traveled to Nebraska Tuesday to survey the damage.

He met with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) on the trip, which was made on Trump's request.