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Thompson Statement on FEMA Denying Maryland and Virginia Emergency Declaration Requests

January 19, 2021

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news that FEMA has denied requests from Maryland and Virginia for an emergency declaration to assist in costs related to the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol and the Inauguration:   

“It is unconscionable that the Trump Administration, in one of its final acts, would deny emergency funding to Maryland and Virginia after domestic terrorists attacked the Capitol and tried to stop the peaceful transition of power. Assistance from Maryland and Virginia were needed that day because President Trump took too long to act. As states and Federal partners work together to ensure the security of President-elect Biden’s inauguration, the entire Federal government must support states’ requests for aid in that effort, including FEMA.  I have confidence that the incoming Administration will thoroughly and fairly consider an appeal of this decision.”

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