Tennessee Delegation Unites for Flood Funding
WASHINGTON—Tennessee’s entire congressional delegation has asked President Obama to formally request funding in the upcoming Supplemental Appropriations bill, which will be marked up by the Senate Appropriation Committee on Thursday, to “help our state recover from the unprecedented flooding that affected Tennesseans in 52 counties from Memphis to Nashville.”
“According to NOAA and the Corps of Engineers, the flooding in Tennessee was the result of a 1,000-year rainfall event,” the delegation wrote in their May 11th letter to President Obama. “We thank you for already designating 42 of the 52 counties requested by our governor as eligible for disaster relief. We also appreciate the efforts of FEMA Director Fugate and his staff as well as that of Secretaries Napolitano, Locke, and Donovan and Small Business Administrator Mills all of whom have visited Tennessee during the last week.
“Tennesseans are helping themselves and their neighbors, but Tennessee will require federal assistance beyond what current emergency programs’ funding can support. Because the Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up supplemental appropriations legislation that you have requested on Thursday, it is vital that a request for Tennessee flood relief come from the Office of Management and Budget as quickly as possible.”
The letter was signed by all members of the Tennessee congressional delegation: U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), and U.S. Representatives Phil Roe (R-Tenn. 1), John Duncan (R-Tenn. 2), Zach Wamp (R-Tenn. 3), Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn. 4), Jim Cooper (D-Tenn. 5), Bart Gordon (D-Tenn. 6), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn. 7), John Tanner (D-Tenn. 8), and Steve Cohen (D-Tenn. 9).