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Feb 26, 2021 Press Release

Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-04) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) $13.1 million for costs tied to the 2020 wildfires.

Feb 24, 2021 Press Release

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley led U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4) this week in sending a letter to Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont, urging the Biden administration to continue delivering assistance to Oregonians affected by the 2020 wildfire season, and to address barriers that are making it harder for some survivors to access resources.

Feb 17, 2021 Press Release

Today, in an effort led by Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04), whose committee has jurisdiction over FEMA, the entire Oregon congressional delegation called on President Biden to approve a February 9 request from Governor Kate Brown for additional federal funds to respond to recent windstorm-wildfire events. Damage from the unprecedented series of fires that began in September is estimated at nearly $1 billion, including more than $600 million for debris removal alone.

Jan 25, 2021 Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Lane County Commissioner Heather Buch today applauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) approval of Lane County’s request for a direct housing mission following September’s deadly wildfires.

Nov 19, 2020 Press Release

Today Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), along with original co-authors Mike Thompson (CA-05), Representatives Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Dan Newhouse (WA-04), announced the introduction of the 2020 WHIP+ Reauthorization Act.

This bipartisan bill reactivates the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) for 2020 natural disasters, including wildfires. The WHIP program offers critical assistance to agricultural producers, including grape growers, whose crops were impacted by smoke taint.

Nov 17, 2020 Press Release

Today, legislation led by Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio to ease financial burdens on States, local, and tribal communities that have been granted Stafford Act Emergency and Major Disaster declarations this year, the FEMA Assistance Relief Act of 2020, passed the House of Representatives.

Nov 17, 2020 Press Release

Oregon’s entire congressional delegation is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assume 100 percent of the cost share for debris removal and emergency protective measures from the wildfires that ripped through the state this year.


The letter to FEMA from U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Suzanne Bonamici and Kurt Schrader comes in support of a similar state cost-share request.

Nov 13, 2020 Press Release

Ahead of the November 16 deadline to apply for Individual Assistance, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today urged victims of Oregon’s recent wildfires to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Registration is open for those affected by wildfires in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties until Monday, November 16. 

Nov 6, 2020 Press Release

More than a month after the State of Oregon requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approve a Direct Housing Mission in Lane County, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today wrote to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor pushing FEMA to approve the state’s request following September’s devastating wildfires.  

Oct 21, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today applauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for approving Oregon’s request for Public Assistance funding to repair public infrastructure damaged earlier this year by wildfires.

Last week, DeFazio led the Oregon delegation in a letter to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor urging support for Governor Kate Brown’s request for Public Assistance Categories C through G, which would fund repairs for roads and bridges, water control facilities, public buildings and equipment, utilities, and parks and recreation areas.