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Nevada State Democratic Party Statement on Hurricane Ian

LAS VEGAS — The Nevada State Democratic Party released the following statement from Chair Judith Whitmer:

“The images of the flooding and wind damage from Hurricane Ian’s path through Florida are heartbreaking. Hurricanes have always been a part of life on the Gulf Coast – I know this, I grew up in Southwest Florida – but this level of devastation, caused by a warming Gulf, degraded wetlands, and non-resilient building plans, is gaining in frequency and severity,” said Chair Judith Whitmer. “These decisions were not made by the people who are the most affected by them, of course. It’s always working Americans who bear the brunt of the harm caused by oil corporations and mega-developers, and disaster situations heighten that.

“President Biden and Democrats in Congress have passed multiple significant pieces of legislation – the American Rescue Plan, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, and the Inflation Reduction Act – that stand to address many of these vulnerabilities, but it’s on local and state elected officials like us to make sure that the funds that are coming from these bills are spent to shore up our communities – be they on the coast or in the desert – in ways that put people over profit. 

“Further, we need to follow Sen. Warren and Rep. Espaillat’s lead in finding out why the federally-mandated Disaster Assistance and Supportive Housing Program (DASH) has not yet been implemented and ensure that it is not stalled further, and we must continue to address the myriad ways that corporate giants continue to exploit workers, even in the face of disasters, as Rep. Bush’s Worker Safety In Climate Disasters Act and Wind Safety Standard Act do. There are solutions at hand; we must pass them and implement them at every level. Turning back the clock on climate change is a multi-generational project, but we can begin to curb its most devastating effects right now.”