Rick Scott Calls on Senate to Reconvene and Pass Hurricane Ian Aid Package

This week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., called on the U.S. Senate to immediately reconvene and vote on a Hurricane Ian supplemental aid package once the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local and state officials determine the funding need.”

Scott met with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell this week to talk with her about Hurricane Fiona, which hit Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Ian, which impacted Florida.

“Since Ian made its devastating landfall in Southwest Florida, I have been traveling to impacted communities—what I have seen is heartbreaking,” Scott said. “Floridians are resilient and the catastrophic damage caused by this storm can be overcome, but it will take the full support of government and community partners at every level to get families and businesses back to normal. The federal government has a big role to play in Florida’s recovery, and the minute that FEMA and our state and local officials determine the true funding needs, we must act. I will do everything in my power as a United States senator to get a robust Hurricane Ian supplemental aid package passed, and today I am urging Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to commit to immediately putting a clean bill on the floor.

“Once we have the information we need from FEMA and our state and local officials, we cannot delay action on a clean aid package. If that means reconvening the Senate, then that is what we must do. While we wait for this critical information, I will keep fighting to make sure that FEMA and the entire federal government is working in total collaboration with state and local officials so we continue to get resources and aid deployed quickly. FEMA has always been a great partner to Florida, and I will make sure that continues in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian,” Scott added.

Kevin Derby
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