Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Grassley Supports Reynolds Request for Federal Disaster Assistance for Iowa

Mar 20, 2020
For Immediate Release
Friday, March 20, 2020
 
Grassley Supports Reynolds Request for Federal Disaster Assistance for Iowa
 
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking that he promptly grant Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ request for an expedited review of the major disaster declaration for the State of Iowa as a result of multiple cases of COVID-19 detected in the state. On March 17, 2020, Governor Reynolds declared a State of Public Health Emergency and the confirmed cases continue to rise.
 
“I’m pleased that Iowa is already receiving assistance under the National Emergency Declaration. However, this request for a Major Disaster Declaration can provide additional resources to the State of Iowa to help Iowans fight this virus,” Grassley said.
 
Reynolds also requested activation of Disaster Unemployment Assistance and Crisis Counseling under the Individual Assistance program statewide; debris removal and emergency protective measures (Category A and B), including Direct Federal Assistance under the Public Assistance program statewide and Hazard Mitigation statewide.
 
Grassley is providing Iowans with up-to-date information on the Coronavirus and access to resources on his website at https://www.grassley.senate.gov/coronavirus.
 
Grassley’s letter is available here and below.
 
March 20, 2020
 
The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
 
Dear Mr. President:
 
I respectfully ask that you promptly grant the request made by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds for an expedited review of the major disaster declaration for the State of Iowa as a result of multiple cases of COVID-19 detected in Iowa. On March 17, 2020, Governor Reynolds declared a State of Public Health Emergency and the confirmed cases continue to rise.
 
The Governor determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments, and supplementary federal assistance is necessary to save lives and to protect property, public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a disaster.
 
Thank you for your prompt consideration of this request.
 
Sincerely,
 
Charles E. Grassley
United States Senator
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