As Florida deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Senators Rick Scott (R-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are requesting more funding for the state on top of the 100% price match that President Joe Biden (D) agreed to just a few days ago.
To request this funding, Scott and Rubio wrote a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, respectfully, to request “their support in developing a disaster supplemental to provide much needed assistance to Florida as Floridians recover from Major Hurricane Ian.”
“As our constituents and state begin the long recovery from Major Hurricane Ian’s destruction, we request your support in developing a disaster supplemental to provide much needed assistance to Florida,” wrote the Senators.
Florida looks to rebuild as the Category 4 storm (just a few miles an hour away from a Category 5) barreled into the southwest coast near Fort Myers, Tampa Bay, and Sanibel Island. A number of roads and bridges were washed away, over 2 million Floridians were left without power, and tremendous flooding impacted thousands. Many had to be rescued by the national guard, even as far north as Orlando in central Florida.
The letter to the aforementioned members of the Appropriations Committee also mentioned, that “Hurricane Ian will be remembered and studied as one of the most devastating hurricanes to hit the United States. Communities across Florida have been completely destroyed, and lives have been forever changed. A robust and timely federal response, including through supplemental programs and funding, will be required to ensure that sufficient resources are provided to rebuild critical infrastructure and public services capacity, and to assist our fellow Floridians in rebuilding their lives. These provisions must be made a priority and considered at the earliest opportunity.”
Our thoughts and prayers are will all those who have been affected by this unbelievable storm.