Nebraska lawmakers urge Trump to approve disaster funding

Nebraska lawmakers urge Trump to approve disaster funding
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Nebraska’s congressional delegation sent a letter to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE Tuesday urging him to accept Gov. Pete Ricketts’s (R-Neb.) request for an expedited presidential disaster declaration to deal with severe flooding in the Cornhusker State. 

“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.’ 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,” Sens. Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerWhy America needs the ability to track enemy missiles from space GOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback Dems accused of seeking revenge for 2013 vote on hurricane relief MORE (R) and Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseAfrica's women can change a continent: Will Ivanka give them her full support? Senate needs to stand up to Trump's Nixonian view of the Fed GOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback MORE (R), and Reps. Jeff FortenberryJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FortenberryTrump approves Nebraska disaster declaration Nebraska lawmakers urge Trump to approve disaster funding 
College professor accused of vandalizing Nebraska GOP lawmaker's campaign signs MORE (R), Don Bacon (R) and Adrian SmithAdrian Michael SmithTrump approves Nebraska disaster declaration Nebraska lawmakers urge Trump to approve disaster funding New chairmen named for health, tax subcommittees MORE (R) wrote.

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“The resilience and resourcefulness of Nebraskans in recent days has impressed the nation. As losses mount, the people of our great state hope the federal government will join in these restoration efforts. We are eager to assist in any way possible to ensure expedited evaluation of this request. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices with any questions.” 

Rickets submitted the expedited request Tuesday during a meeting with Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Director Paul Taylor. Vice President Pence also traveled to Omaha Tuesday at Trump’s request to meet with Rickets and Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) and survey the flood damage.

Recent flooding has already killed at least three people in Nebraska and Iowa and has impacted residents in Missouri, South Dakota and Michigan, among other Midwest states. Heavy rains raised the water level high enough to breach at least a dozen levees across Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

Sixty-five of Nebraska’s 93 counties have already declared states of emergency. Preliminary estimates say the state is facing a $400 million loss over lost livestock and fields and a cost of $200 million to repair state infrastructure, according to the congressional delegation. 

Trump said he spoke with Rickets last week and praised the efforts of Nebraska’s first responders. 

“Just spoke w/ @GovRicketts. The people of Nebraska & across the Midwest, especially the Farmers & Ranchers, are feeling the impacts from severe weather. The first responders & emergency response teams have done a great job dealing w/ record flooding, high winds, & road closures,” he tweeted last week.