Trump approves Nebraska disaster declaration

Trump approves Nebraska disaster declaration
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against 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 FischerThe 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal Landmark US-Russia arms control treaty poised for final blow GOP senator introduces bill banning 'addictive' social media features MORE (R) and Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump lauds tariffs on China while backtracking from more To cash in on innovation, remove market barriers for advanced energy technologies Feds face mounting pressure over Epstein's death 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 SmithDemocrats struggle with repeal of key Trump tax provision House panel approves bills on tax extenders, expanding tax credits Trump approves Nebraska disaster declaration 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.