West Virginia delegation calls for redo after FEMA denies state aid request

"Governor [Earl] Tomblin has indicated that the State of West Virginia will appeal FEMA's decision to deny individual assistance," Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoFidelity denies lobbying for student loan tax break Week ahead: Clinton, Dems to tout green agenda at convention Company announces closure of Ohio coal plants MORE (R-W.Va.) wrote in a Friday letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "When this appeal is filed, I urge you to carefully re-examine the extent of the damage sustained by many West Virginia residents and to allow those individuals to seek federal assistance."

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Capito also asked for a meeting between Fugate, Governor Tomblin, and members of West Virginia's congressional delegation "to provide an explanation of your decision to deny much needed assistance to West Virginia residents."

Other members of West Virginia's delegation wrote or called for FEMA to reassess its decision.

"I absolutely agree with Gov. Tomblin," Sen. John RockefellerJay RockefellerLobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner Overnight Tech: Senate panel to vote on Dem FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.) said. "I strongly encourage FEMA's administrator to reconsider its decision and I support the Governor's appeal.

"Three-quarters of West Virginians were affected by the storm, and so many people are still trying to recover their losses and damages," he said. "Providing individual assistance for these West Virginians is just the right thing to do."

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