Murray, Cantwell ask Biden to approve wildfire aid for Malden, Pine City; McMorris Rodgers sends separate letter

WASHINGTON – After months of waiting under the Trump administration, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are asking President Joe Biden to swiftly authorize disaster assistance for residents of Malden and Pine City who have been left in the cold since a wildfire swept through their towns in September.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers sent Biden a letter of her own Friday afternoon. Spokesman Jared Powell said the Spokane Republican, whose district includes Malden and Pine City, was not contacted by the Democratic senators before they sent their letter Friday.

The three lawmakers asked Biden to approve requests Gov. Jay Inslee made in September and October to declare a major

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