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As NC seeks federal aid, Dems and GOP work to put “people over politics” (audio)

Gov. Bev Perdue has formally requested the Obama administration declare 18 counties disaster areas following Saturday’s severe storms.

While this is the first step in providing low-interest federal loans or grants, Democrats in their weekly press conference urged the Republican legislative leadership to tap the state’s rainy day fund or find other resources to help NC’s tornado victims now.

Senator Ed Jones, who represents rural Bertie County where 11 people were killed, told reporters:

“Some of the poorest of the poor sent us here to represent them, and we can’t  get caught up with politics right now. There’s no way we can do that.”

Republican Senate Leader Phil Berger said Tuesday regardless of the budget shortfall, legislators will come up with the match needed for any federal assistance the state may receive.

To hear Sen. Jones’ moving remarks, click below:

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