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Walz-sponsored bipartisan flood resolution passes U.S. House

By Edward Felker

Post-Bulletin Washington bureau

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Tuesday passed a resolution by 1st District Rep. Tim Walz, D-Mankato, expressing sympathy for the victims of the August floods in southeastern Minnesota and the upper Midwest.

The resolution also thanked the emergency responders, volunteers and officials who worked to help those caught by the floods in mid-August. The resolution was approved on a voice vote with no objections.

Walz co-sponsored the resolution with a bipartisan group of 24 colleagues whose states were affected by torrential storms and resulting floods. It expressed "heartfelt sympathy for the victims of the devastating thunderstorms that caused severe flooding during August 2007 in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin."

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During a brief debate on the House floor, Rep. Walz and Rep. Ron Kind, a Democrat who represents southwestern Wisconsin, said the resolution showed congressional support for those affected, including the families of 14 who died as a result of the storms and floods.

"This resolution that the House considers today is one very, very small way, but important way, to recognize the challenging times these individuals have faced and will face," Walz said Tuesday.

According to the text of the resolution, the House "reaffirms support to helping the victims of the flooding rebuild their homes and lives."

The resolution expressed gratitude to emergency workers and to federal emergency response officials, specifically Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and R. David Paulison, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It also recognized the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army and the United Way.

For the full text of the resolution, go to www.postbulletin.com/weblinks.

Full text of the House resolution

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.RES.657:

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