Federal officials extend State Emergency Declaration for Midwest through March 1st
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today welcomed news from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that the State of Emergency Declaration for the Midwest will be extended until March 1, 2014, enabling the continued delivery of much-needed propane and home-heating supplies for Hoosier families during frigid weather.
“Bitter cold temperatures and winter weather are taking a toll on Hoosier families and businesses this year,” said Walorski. “I am pleased that federal officials have responded quickly to make sure propane and home-heating supplies are readily available for consumers until this cold weather subsides.”
Last Wednesday, Walorski led a letter, along with other Hoosier lawmakers, to Secretary Anthony Foxx requesting an emergency extension exempting motor carriers from hours of service limitations to enable the delivery of much-needed propane and home heating fuels throughout the Midwest.
The U.S. DOT declared a state of emergency on January 14, 2014 that was only effective until February 11, 2014. Hoosier lawmakers requested an extension be expedited if harsh winter conditions continued to ensure there is no disruption to delivery assistance for Hoosier families.