Merkley Statement on President Trump’s Denial of Emergency Declaration for Oregon Winter Storm Damage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump denied the State of Oregon’s request for a disaster declaration for Baker, Columbia, Curry, Deschutes, Hood River, Josephine, Malheur, Multnomah, Union and Washington counties following major winter storm damage:

“I am deeply disappointed that President Trump is refusing to extend federal help to Oregon after major winter storm damage this year. The denial of a request with such high and demonstrated damages is unusual, and raises questions about how federal disaster response programs will be run under President Trump.

“As Americans, our ethos is to extend a helping hand to each other in difficult times.

“I understand that Governor Brown plans to appeal this decision, and I will do everything I can at the federal level to support that effort.”