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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Entire Florida Delegation Supports Individual Assistance for Additional Counties Recovering from Hurricane Irma

September 12, 2017
Press Release

Miami, FL – Florida’s entire congressional delegation urged the Trump Administration to conduct “prompt review and approval of forthcoming requests for Individual Assistance” to additional counties in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), and U.S. Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Val Demings (D-FL), Ron DeSantis (R-FL),Ted Deutch (D-FL),  Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Neal Dunn (R-FL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Al Lawson (D-FL), Brian Mast (R-FL), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Thomas Rooney (R-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Dennis Ross (R-FL), John Rutherford (R-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Daniel Webster (R-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), and Ted Yoho (R-FL).
 
The full text of the delegation’s letter is below:
 
Dear Mr. President:
 
We write today to thank you for issuing the major disaster declaration, as requested by Governor Rick Scott, in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma. We also applaud your fast action in approving the Public Assistance for all 67 counties in Florida and Individual Assistance for many. We continue to urge a prompt review and approval of forthcoming requests for Individual Assistance. Your approval is imperative in beginning recovery and assistance efforts for all Floridians impacted. 

 
As state and local officials begin their work, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will play a major role with coordination between Floridians and the federal government. We stand ready to assist in any way possible to help our constituents rebuild. Your declaration has made that coordination possible. 
 
We thank you in advance for your consideration of these requests, and look forward to working with you to help Floridians recover from this devastating storm.