This week, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., went to bat for a request Gov. Ron DeSantis made to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) over cost-share requirements resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
Rooney led seven other members of the Florida delegation in sending President Donald Trump a letter on the matter.
“We are writing in support of a request made by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 30 to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to waive all cost-share requirements for assistance authorized under the Emergency Declaration issued on March 13 and the Major Disaster Declaration issued on March 25 for the state of Florida in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic,” they wrote.
“We ask that you give full and fair consideration to the state of Florida’s request and provide 100 percent federal assistance under the Stafford Act for the state of Florida. We look forward to our continued work with the administration and hope we all can come together to mitigate the effects of the current crisis,” they added.
Besides Rooney, U.S. Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., Val Demings, D-Fla., Ted Deutch, D-Fla., John Rutherford, R-Fla., Donna Shalala, D-Fla., Darren Soto, D-Fla., and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., signed the letter.
“Our state and local authorities have been working around the clock to protect our citizens and will continue to implement services which best suit each county. Our counties are forced to make tough decisions as the cost of fighting this pandemic mount. Any federal support would be urgently necessary to ensure the safety of our communities. Waiving applicable cost-shares would provide state and local authorities with the resources and certainty they need to sustain current and future health safety measures in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rooney said on Thursday.
“Governor Ron DeSantis’ request to increase the Federal Emergency Management coverage of cost-share requirements from 75 to 100 percent would greatly alleviate the financial burdens resulting from this unexpected economic crisis. Ensuring that this request is fulfilled is essential to health and safety of Florida’s residents,” Rooney added.
First elected to Congress in 2016, Rooney is not running for reelection this year.
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