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H.Con.Res. 299 (ih) Expressing the sense of Congress that executive departments and ...
H. CON. RES. 298
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 21, 1998
Received and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works
Expressing deepest condolences to the State and people of Florida for
the losses suffered as a result of the wild land fires occurring in
June and July 1998, expressing support to the State and people of
Florida as they overcome the effects of the fires, and commending the
heroic efforts of firefighters from across the Nation in battling the
Whereas during June and July 1998, wild land fires destroyed approximately
500,000 acres of land in northeast and central Florida, having an
aggregate value of more than $276,000,000;
Whereas the fires have affected 67 counties in the State of Florida;
Whereas the President of the United States issued a major disaster declaration
for the State of Florida;
Whereas the fires have damaged at least 367 homes and 33 businesses;
Whereas the fires have caused business closures and have aggravated drought
conditions, which will have a long-term impact on the economy of the
Whereas the fires have caused injuries to at least 95 people, the majority of
whom are firefighters;
Whereas approximately 7,000 firefighters from 46 States have braved extreme
conditions to assist firefighters in Florida in fighting the fires;
Whereas many agencies of or established by the Federal Government, including the
Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Forest Service, the Department
of Defense, the Department of Transportation, AmeriCorps, the Small
Business Administration, the General Services Administration, the
National Guard, the American National Red Cross, and the Civil Air
Patrol, have contributed vital support functions in response to the
Whereas many State and local government agencies have also contributed vital
support functions in response to the fires: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
That the Congress--
(1) expresses deepest condolences to the State and people
of Florida for the losses suffered as a result of the wild land
fires occurring in June and July 1998;
(2) expresses support to the State and people of Florida as
they overcome the effects of the fires;
(3) commends the heroic efforts of firefighters from across
the Nation in battling the fires; and
(4) commends the many agencies of or established by the
Federal Government and the many State and local government
agencies that have contributed vital support functions in
response to the fires.
Passed the House of Representatives July 20, 1998.
Passed the House of Representatives July 20, 1998.
ROBIN H. CARLE,
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