Joint Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch On Their Meeting With FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate

(This meeting with the Vermont Congressional Delegation was set up several weeks ago and was held on Wednesday, Aug. 1, in Senator Leahy's office in the U.S. Capitol.)

"As Vermont nears the anniversary of Irene and it's aftermath, we asked for this meeting as part of our ongoing communication with FEMA and other federal agencies about Vermont's recovery needs.  The response and recovery effort has been a mammoth undertaking at all levels, and maintaining clear and constant channels of communication have helped further this work.

"We had a constructive discussion with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate that included updates from FEMA's perspective and from ours, focusing on the bigger picture as well as on the details of various recovery matters.  Administrator Fugate agreed on the need for steady progress on all remaining fronts and also to deploy additional staffing resources to Vermont if needed.  We and our offices will build on this discussion in our continuing work with the state and with FEMA, USDA and other front-line agencies."

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