Rubio, Nelson working on federal hurricane relief effort

Oct 12, 2018 \\ Bruce Ritchie, Politico

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said today the federal government's response to Hurricane Michael will need to include assistance for military veterans needing medical care, Tyndall Air Force Base airmen and their families and residents of the region who need FEMA housing help.

Rubio told POLITICO from Pensacola that he was traveling to Panama City to get a first-hand look at the damage there. Sen.Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said on CNN that he would be meeting Rubio there for a tour.

A supplemental federal budget request may be required next year to address the region's needs, Rubio said.

"We're still a ways off from that, but it's never too early to think about documenting that as well," he said. "But our initial focus in the first 72 hours is to make sure whatever federal resources are being requested and are needed are made available to the state in an expedited way."

Nelson said he and Rubio will be working together on the effort.

"The two of us are going to be here on the ground," Nelson said from Panama City. "We'll make sure this area gets exactly what it needs."

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