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Jones, McConnell speak on Senate floor about tornadoes

Jessica Ballard

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U.S. Sen. Doug Jones and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the Senate floor on Monday about the tornadoes that passed through Lee County on Sunday. They both offered condolences to the confirmed 23 victims’ families and all of the families whose homes and businesses were damaged.

“I ask that everyone pray for their comfort and healing,” Jones said. “I also want to thank the courageous first responders who put their lives on the line time and time again to help folks in need.”

Jones said he will be will working to secure federal disaster funding that includes Lee County. He said he has also been in contact with Gov. Kay Ivey to determine how Senate members can best help.

Jones recently led the introduction of a $13.6 billion bipartisan disaster relief package that includes resources and support for farmers who were affected by Hurricane Michael.

“The entire region has been hit hard in recent years, seemingly by one disaster after another,” McConnell said. And they continue to brace against the threat of hurricanes and the flooding that so often impacts communities in my state of Kentucky. But at every step of the way — from response and recovery to resilient achievement — Alabama has benefited from the devoted leadership of Sen. Richard Shelby.”

Shelby became Alabama’s longest-serving senator over the weekend.

“Even though an event like this can be incredibly difficult, I have seen the resolve of the people of Alabama, and I know that we will be able to rise and rebuild,” Jones said.

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