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Senators Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul call for federal disaster declaration

FRANKFORT, KY. — U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are urging Gov. Steve Beshear to seek a federal disaster declaration because of the potential economic consequences of a drought that has led to low water levels on the Mississippi River.

Beshear said Friday he appreciates their concern and that he’s closely monitoring the situation.

McConnell and Paul said in a letter to Beshear on Thursday that commercial traffic on the river could “come to a complete halt in coming days” unless the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers takes action to increase the water flow.

“We are informed that shipment of over $7 billion in goods on the Mississippi River could be blocked over the coming months due to this entirely avoidable event,” they wrote.

They urged Beshear to request the federal disaster declaration, hoping that might “trigger a response from the Obama Administration.”


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