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Lawmakers Urge Passage of Supplemental Disaster Relief Legislation

March 4, 2019, 12:49 PM HST
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Sens. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) led nine other senators in urging the bipartisan leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives to pass disaster supplemental legislation that includes much needed relief for states like Hawai‘i and California, Tribal Nations and U.S. Territories.

“We urge you to immediately bring up for consideration disaster supplemental appropriations that are sufficient to meet the needs of all affected communities,” the senators wrote. “In 2018 alone, 124 federal disaster declarations were approved for states, territories and tribal nations across our country. These disasters, which have come in a variety of forms including severe storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and volcanic activity, have placed a severe strain on our local communities’ resources. In addition, there are communities in Puerto Rico and elsewhere that are still struggling to recover from previous disasters. Providing desperately needed relief to impacted communities should be a bipartisan, bicameral priority and continued inaction is unacceptable. As such, we urge you to bring legislation providing disaster supplemental appropriations to your respective floors for consideration immediately.”

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) also signed the letter.

Last month, Sen. Hirono urged Linda McMahon, the administrator the Small Business Administration, to continue SBA’s assistance to residents, homeowners and business owners impacted by last year’s volcanic activity on Hawai‘i Island.

Click here to download a signed copy of the letter.

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