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Congressmen John Garamendi and Doug LaMalfa Lead Letter to the White House Requesting Waivers of State and Local Cost Share for Fire Recovery Efforts

November 30, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, sent a bipartisan letter to the White House, co-signed by 38 other members of California’s House delegation, requesting that the President waive any requirement that the State of California or local governments match federal disaster relief with state or local funds for recent wildfires in California. The Camp Fire was the most destructive and lethal in California’s history, and the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire in southern California also caused casualties and extensive property damage. The President issued a major federal disaster and emergency declaration for Butte County earlier this month, along with Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

“After back-to-back catastrophic wildfires and yet another record fire season, the State of California and counties have exhausted local funds for recovery efforts,” said Garamendi. “California’s Congressional delegation is grateful for the assistance FEMA has already provided, but we are urging the federal government to make more money available and waive the normal cost-share requirement for state and local governments.”

“I appreciate my 38 Congressional colleagues from California lending their support to this bipartisan push. Helping affected communities rebuild—sometimes from scratch—is not a partisan effort.”

You can read the letter here.