Casey: FEMA Approval of Assistance Critical to PA Recovery

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) called the approval of Public Assistance aid from FEMA a critical step toward recovery from recent flooding due to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

“With damage in Pennsylvania expected to run in the hundreds of millions of dollars and municipal budgets already stretched, federal assistance is necessary to help Pennsylvanians recover from the devastating floods,” said Senator Casey. “The damage I’ve witnessed across the affected portions of the state has reinforced the importance of ensuring all appropriate resources are available to help our citizens, businesses and communities recover.”

Senator Casey called FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate yesterday to urge quick approval of Pennsylvania’s request for Public Assistance.

Senator Casey is urging the U.S. Small Business Administration to lower interest rates on disaster relief loans to make it easier for businesses to reopen, rehire and recover lost revenue.