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Miller-Meeks Recognizes the New Sharon Disaster Team

September 23, 2021


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, September 23rd, 2021, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to recognize the New Sharon Disaster Team.



To watch Miller-Meeks’ speech, click HERE, and read her remarks as prepared for delivery below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize a group of good Samaritans who recently brought Iowa nice to Louisiana.

Earlier this month, the New Sharon Fire Department of Mahaska County joined dozens of recovery teams from across the nation to perform disaster relief efforts and assist in search and rescue operations in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida. Thanks to the generosity of the New Sharon and Mahaska County community, the New Sharon Fire Department has aided in recovery efforts both in the Hawkeye State and elsewhere across the country for 16 years.

In 2018, the New Sharon Fire Department assisted local Texas recovery teams in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and last year they traveled to help local communities that were devastated by Hurricanes Laura and Sally. Thank you to the New Sharon Fire Department and the citizens of Mahaska County for answering the call to serve and being incredible examples of the generosity and selflessness of Iowans.

Thank you, I yield back my time.