Bipartisan group sends plea for aid to President

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Bipartisan group sends plea for aid to President

Toledo Blade – A bipartisan group of northwest Ohio officials had no word Thursday on its request to President Obama for a federal major disaster declaration after Saturday's deadly and destructive tornadoes.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland on Wednesday sent a letter to President Obama seeking a disaster declaration for Wood, Ottawa, and Fulton counties.

The following day, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green), U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo), and U.S. Sens. George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown signed a letter addressed to the President in support of Mr. Strickland's request for a federal major disaster declaration.

"We are writing in support of Governor Ted Strickland's request for a federal major disaster declaration for Fulton, Ottawa, and Wood counties as a result of severe storms and tornadoes that impacted Ohio the evening of June 5 and the early morning of June 6, 2010," the group wrote. "We fully support Governor Strickland's request for a federal major disaster declaration and urge your prompt consideration of his request."

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