New Mexico delegation calls on President Biden to grant state request for additional federal aid and waive share of wildfire costs

News from the Congress delegation:

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (DN.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (DN.M.), Melanie Stansbury (DN.M.) and Yvette Herrell (RN.M.) are asking President Joe Biden to approve a request from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for additional federal aid for rising costs to save lives and protect homes in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Congressional delegation previously asked that the Biden administration immediately approve a major disaster declaration for New Mexico to open access to FEMA’s public assistance and individual assistance funds, which was quickly approved by President Biden.

Lawmakers continue to ask the administration to waive the 25% nonfederal cost-sharing requirement for federal aid.

In a letter to President Biden, the lawmakers write:

“Given the severity and deadly nature of this crisis, we urge you to act without delay and approve the State of New Mexico’s request for 100% federal assistance coverage and for the Category A clearance and a full range of Category B emergency protection measures. It is imperative that the federal government provide full support to New Mexico communities to protect themselves and recover from the devastation of the current forest.

Read the full text of the letter by clicking here.

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