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By Bill Stevenson
Whitman County Gazette 

McMorris Rodgers introduces MALDEN Act

Amends Stafford Act to rush aid for disaster areas


WASHINGTON, D.C. — A proposed federal act’s acronym is named after Malden since it is designed to help rural communities find government aid after a disaster.

The Making Aid for Local Disasters Equal Now (MALDEN) Act is designed to speed up disaster assistance. The bill is named after the Town of Malden, which was 80% destroyed by the Babb Road Fire in 2020.

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-5th District, introduced the bill on June 15.

“The devastation caused by the Babb Road fire took my breath away. The town of Malden was destroyed – the city hall, post office, and fire...

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