Press Release: Rose Supports Relief for Middle Tennessee Tornado Victims

March 5, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In memory of those who lost their lives in Putnam, Wilson, Davidson, and Benton counties this week, U.S. Representative John Rose (TN-6) spoke on the House Floor yesterday afternoon.

During the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 3, 2020, a devastating storm tragically struck Middle Tennessee with a tornado path stretching from Nashville to Cookeville. The vast majority of reported deaths to this point have been in the Sixth District.

As first responders and local officials continue to assess damages, Rep. Rose urged his colleagues to join him in prayer and pledged his full support to those in the wake of this tragedy. He has signaled his full support for the anticipated request from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee that President Trump officially designate Tennessee as eligible to receive additional federal aid for the recovery effort.

Rep. Rose’s full remarks can be viewed here or below.

“Madam Speaker, today I rise with my colleague from Tennessee, Mr. Cooper.

Earlier today, a devastating tornado tore through Middle Tennessee, the area I represent and call home.

While rescue workers are still in the critical phase of sorting through debris and accounting for those who are still missing, we know already many lives were lost and dozens of people were rushed to emergency rooms.

I and countless Tennesseans are lifting those people up in prayer.

I am working diligently alongside my fellow Representatives, the Administration, Governor Lee, Senators Alexander and Blackburn, and emergency officials to get much needed federal aid to the affected areas.

Homes, schools, businesses, churches, farms, and other buildings and numerous communities have suffered serious and, in some cases, overwhelming damage.

I stand today with those affected by this disaster and pledge every effort will be made to give shelter to those who need it, give care to those who are hurt, and give assistance in the critical effort to recover and rebuild.

I yield back the balance of my time.”