WASHINGTON DC (March 20, 2020) — Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking that he promptly grant Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ request for an expedited review of the major disaster declaration for the State of Iowa as a result of multiple cases of COVID-19 detected in the state. On March 17, 2020, Gov Reynolds declared a State of Public Health Emergency and the confirmed cases continue to rise.
“I’m pleased that Iowa is already receiving assistance under the National Emergency Declaration. However, this request for a Major Disaster Declaration can provide additional resources to the State of Iowa to help Iowans fight this virus,” Sen Grassley said.
Gov Reynolds also requested activation of Disaster Unemployment Assistance and Crisis Counseling under the Individual Assistance program statewide; debris removal and emergency protective measures (Category A and B), including Direct Federal Assistance under the Public Assistance program statewide and Hazard Mitigation statewide.
Sen Grassley is providing Iowans with up-to-date information on the Coronavirus and access to resources on his website at https://www.grassley.senate.gov/coronavirus.
Sen Grassley’s letter is available here.