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Klobuchar and Peterson Urge Quick Federal Assistance for Northwest Minnesota

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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today spoke with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) officials and urged them to quickly consider Minnesota's request for expedited federal disaster assistance in areas affected by flood waters. Yesterday, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty sent a letter to President Obama officially requesting that he declare an emergency for Minnesota.

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"Our local officials, first responders, citizens and volunteers from the region are doing incredible work, but it is clear that we need the full resources of the federal government to support the communities threatened by flood waters," said Klobuchar. "We have seen the strength of these communities shine through in these difficult days and I will continue to push for all appropriate federal assistance for our affected communities."

Yesterday, Klobuchar, Congressman Collin Peterson and members of the North Dakota congressional delegation met with President Obama to press for help for North Dakota and Minnesota residents hurt by the floods.

Both offices have been in close contact with local and federal officials in the area.

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