Rep. Tauscher, California Members Call for Emergency Aid, Disaster Relief to State
Today, Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher was joined by 25 members of the California delegation in urging President Bush to provide assistance to regions of the state, including portions of the Tenth Congressional District, affected by recent storms.
"Californians in Solano, Contra Costa, and Alameda Counties have faced flooding, loss of property and potential agricultural damage as a result of the storms we saw early this year. The federal government must provide relief to help struggling communities and families who have been impacted by this disaster. I intend to continue working with my colleagues to ensure that this critical aid reaches those who need it in our region," said Rep. Tauscher.
Text of their letter is below:
The Honorable George W. Bush
Dear Mr. President:
We respectfully request you support Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's call for federal disaster relief and emergency assistance in California. A timely federal response will enable the state to help those affected as quickly as possible.
The Governor and state agencies have determined that the recent series of warm Pacific storms that hit California are of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and local governments and supplementary federal assistance is necessary. These storms brought heavy rain, high winds, mudslides and flooding which among other things, caused levee breaching, road closures, widespread power outages and unfortunately loss of lives.
Initial damage estimates to California are over $350 million. Federal assistance will help communities repair structures, highways and bridges, remove debris, and help rebuild affected businesses and agriculture.
Thank you for your timely attention to this issue. We stand ready to work with you on getting the federal assistance needed to our state.
California Representatives Mike Thompson, Wally Herger, Ellen Tauscher, Doris Matsui, John Doolittle, Zoe Lofgren, Nancy Pelosi, Lynn Woolsey, George Radanovich, Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa, Anna Eshoo, Ken Calvert, Jane Harman, Grace Napolitano, Sam Farr, Tom Lantos, Howard Berman, Jim Costa, Mike Honda, Bob Filner, Adam Schiff, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Dennis Cardoza, George Miller, and David Dreier