Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 7:59 a.m.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the devastating tornadoes that struck Oklahoma. Here are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
Our hearts go out to the families whose loved ones were lost, injured or missing in the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma. Our thoughts are with all those who were affected by this tragedy, including families still searching for their children in the wreckage of two elementary schools.
I commend the heroic efforts of first responders who rushed to the scene and have been working tirelessly to help those who were injured and search for those who are still missing. And I applaud the neighbors and everyday citizens, young and old, who have been courageous in helping.
While we may not know the extent of the damage for some time, we will continue to do everything in our power to help the people of Oklahoma as they recover from these terrible tornadoes. And we will stand vigilant today, ready to send additional assistance as more storms threaten the region.
I know every federal resource will be brought to bear to help the communities affected by this tragedy. I look forward to hearing President Obama’s remarks on disaster momentarily. I am pleased that FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate is already in Oklahoma assessing the extent of the damage and deciding how the federal government can best assist. And I will continue to monitor the search and rescue effort.
Whenever tragedy strikes one part of our nation, it strikes us all. And so I pledge the people of Oklahoma our continued support as they begin to rebuild.