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Trump approves Nebraska disaster declaration

Trump approves Nebraska disaster declaration
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump 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 FischerTech CEOs clash with lawmakers in contentious hearing Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska GOP senators pan debate: 'S---show,' 'awful,' 'embarrassment' MORE (R) and Ben SasseBen SasseTrump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism The Memo: Trump election loss roils right Whoopi Goldberg blasts Republicans not speaking against Trump: 'This is an attempted coup' MORE (R), and Reps. Jeff FortenberryJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FortenberryOn the Trail: Five House results illustrate a politically divided America Save wildlife, save ourselves Lawmakers cry foul as Trump considers retreating from Open Skies Treaty 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.