Rose Advocates for Tornado Relief from President Trump

March 5, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative John Rose (TN-6), along with the entire Tennessee congressional delegation, urged President Trump to approve the disaster declaration requested by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.

“The people of Tennessee’s Sixth District have faced unprecedented tragedy this week. In Wilson County, our losses were deep, including the loss of three members of our community. Sadly, in my home county, Putnam County, we experienced the highest loss of life in the state, with 18 confirmed deaths. The horrific storms of March 3, 2020, undoubtedly hurt Tennessee badly, but our resolve remains strong,” Rep. Rose stated. “Tennessee has rallied together, and now it is time for the federal assistance our state so badly needs. I have urged President Trump to act swiftly, and I trust he will prioritize the needs of Tennesseans during this tragic time.”

Full text of the letter to President Trump:

“Dear Mr. President,

We are writing to urge you to quickly approve Governor Bill Lee’s request to declare a major disaster pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act as a result of the catastrophic tornadoes that struck the Nashville metropolitan area in Davidson County and devastated communities in Putnam, Benton, Wilson, Carroll and Gibson counties on March 3, 2020.

At least 24 Tennesseans lost their lives in these storms, and major damage to homes, buildings, roads, bridges, utilities and businesses in several counties has been reported throughout West and Middle Tennessee, including downtown Nashville.  Images of the devastation are heartbreaking, and federal assistance is needed to help with recovery efforts. 

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has been working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and we are grateful for their efforts to respond to our communities’ needs.  First responders throughout Tennessee have been working nonstop and we appreciate their bravery.

Governor Lee’s request for both Public and Individual Assistance pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act is attached, and we urge you to approve Governor Lee’s request on behalf of the State of Tennessee as soon as possible.

Our offices can provide you with any additional information you need.”