Far too often, rural communities are left struggling to scrap resources together following a natural disaster. This makes it extraordinarily difficult for families in communities like Malden to rebuild their homes and piece their lives back together.
I believe the federal government can do more to make the process of receiving assistance easier for rural communities that find themselves at an unfair disadvantage. That’s why I helped pass the Small State and Rural Rescue Act last week to help improve coordination efforts between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state and local officials.
Specifically, the legislation will help responders determine the type of damage they need to assess, better understand the extent of the damage, and ensure the damaged communities get the assistance they desperately need.
This is a great start, but we still have more work to do to get this bill signed into law. In the meantime, I will continue working hard to advocate for our rural communities here in Eastern Washington to get the fair access to assistance they deserve.
McMorris Rodgers Introduces Bill Expanding Service Opportunities for Disability Community
Washington, D.C. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) reintroduced the Hannah Cvancara Service Act (H.R. 7405) to empower individuals with a non-service-connected amputation to serve the United States Armed Forces as medical personnel. This legislation was inspired by Hannah Cvancara, a Spokane resident who suffered a childhood amputation that disqualified her from serving […]
McMorris Rodgers, Cantwell Applaud Approval of Disaster Declaration for Spokane County Following Devastating Wildfires
Washington, D.C. – Today, President Joe Biden declared that a major disaster exists in Spokane County and ordered federal assistance to supplement recovery efforts in the aftermath of the Gray Fire and the Oregon Road Fire in August 2023. After the announcement, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) […]
McMorris Rodgers Helps Pass Bipartisan Bill to Block President Biden’s LNG Export Ban, Unleash American Energy
Washington D.C. – Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) helped the House of Representatives pass the Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act (H.R. 7176) to reverse President Biden’s American liquified natural gas (LNG) export ban. She released the following statement after the vote: “The President’s decision to impose a ban on new permits […]