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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, a unified Washington state Congressional delegation sent a letter to President George W. Bush urging him to quickly approve the federal assistance that Governor Chris Gregoire has requested. 

The text of the letter follows:

December 6, 2007 

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500 

Dear Mr. President: 

We write to urge you to approve as quickly as possible the federal disaster declaration requested by Governor Chris Gregoire on December 6, 2007. 

As you know, on December 2, 2007, a very strong wind and rain storm swept through Washington state, causing heavy wind and water damage across much of Western Washington.  At least four people have lost their lives, and thousands of people must now try to repair the damage to their homes and businesses.  Major interstate traffic routes, including Interstate 5, the primary transportation artery between Seattle and Portland, have been closed due to widespread flooding.   

The many seriously-impacted counties and communities in Washington are responding well to this disaster, as is the state of Washington.  However, a disaster of this magnitude also requires federal assistance to help in the recovery effort.  We therefore urge you to approve a federal disaster declaration as soon as possible.   

Thank you in advance for your quick attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Patty Murray
United States Senator
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator
Norm Dicks
Member of Congress
Jim McDermott
Member of Congress
Doc Hastings
Member of Congress
Jay Inslee
Member of Congress
Adam Smith
Member of Congress
Brian Baird
Member of Congress
Rick Larsen
Member of Congress
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Member of Congress
Dave Reichert
Member of Congress