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Johanns pushing for SBA funding for tornado relief

U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Small Business Administration (SBA), discusses the importance of SBA disaster assistance programs following last week’s tornadoes in East-Central Nebraska.

Johanns urged the SBA to swiftly respond to a forthcoming disaster declaration request from Governor Heineman’s office. The disaster declaration would allow those who suffered losses during the tornadoes to be eligible for SBA loans. 

Johanns says we’ve unfortunately seen the unbridled hand of Mother Nature affect communities in Nebraska. Just ten days ago, tornadoes devastated the areas of Beaver Crossing, Sutton, Cordova and elsewhere. 

 “In just one example, 1,200 Nebraskans volunteered to help with clean up in a community of 400 people. What a remarkable response," explains Johanns. "It signifies the true character of a great state. But that does not mean these good folks who lost everything won’t need some help in terms of loans from the SBA. They need that to get back on their feet.

Johanns has been in close contact with the Governor and others in the state. I have every indication that a request will be forthcoming – probably this week – and I know that the SBA will very carefully, attentively and responsibly look at the request. These good people need your help. These folks had a rough Mothers’ Day, and I am hopeful that we can get them appropriate assistance quickly.

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