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Senator Casey urges President Obama to expand scope of Hurricane Sandy disaster declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) on Tuesday urged President Obama to expand the scope of the pre-landfall disaster declaration for Pennsylvania.

Earlier this week, the Administration approved a pre-landfall disaster declaration for the state. While the pre-landfall disaster declaration provided crucial resources to the state, the devastation from Hurricane Sandy has resulted in the need to ensure that additional services are available, according to a release from Casey's office.

Specifically, amending the pre-landfall disaster declaration to include emergency protective services and debris removal would be a major help to the Commonwealth. This addition to the declaration would allow the state to receive additional direct resources and aid to move forward on the recovery effort.

"Across the state people are dealing with the aftermath of this terrible storm, and it's critical we get these additional resources to our emergency officials right away," Casey said. "Recovering from Sandy will take time, but providing additional services to the Commonwealth will help to accelerate recovery efforts."

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