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Rubio Urges President Obama to Approve Florida Governor’s Request for Expedited Major Disaster Declaration

Oct 7, 2016 | Press Releases

Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today urged President Obama to approve Florida Governor Rick Scott’s request for a major disaster declaration in response to Hurricane Matthew.

The full text of Rubio’s letter is below:

October 7, 2016

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I write in full support of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s request for an expedited major disaster declaration for the state of Florida.  Although Hurricane Matthew has not yet completely passed, the storm has already caused destruction that warrants your immediate consideration and approval of this request.

Hurricane Matthew, a category four hurricane that has caused death and destruction, targeted Florida on October 6, 2016. It is expected to continue hitting the state until tomorrow, and, according to some forecasts, may even circle back to impact the state again.  This massive storm has battered coastal communities with winds up to 140 miles per hour.  Forty-four counties declared local states of emergency, with 11 counties forcing mandatory evacuations.  While the state has yet to commence an assessment of damage due to unsafe conditions remaining in many areas, we must be prepared for the long road of recovery ahead. 

I appreciate your approval of a pre-landfall emergency declaration, which will aid in recouping resources expended in evacuating Floridians to safety. A major disaster declaration is now necessary to assist the people of Florida once the storm has passed.  I urge you to quickly approve Governor Scott’s request so that Florida has the resources necessary to help those in need.


Marco Rubio

U.S. Senator