(CNN) – As President Barack Obama heads to Oklahoma on Sunday for a firsthand look at the miles of debris left by last week’s tornado, the state’s governor says her chief request for the federal government is help plowing through regulatory hurdles.
“Basically what I need is the ability to get through red tape, the ability to get the FEMA funds in here quickly and to get the services that our citizens need to help them recover through this terrible disaster,” Gov. Mary Fallin said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
(CNN) - The images of destroyed homes, crushed playgrounds and shattered lives around storm-ravaged Moore, Oklahoma, are heart-wrenching enough, and yet more devastating because the area has been hit hard before by tornadoes.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican from the state, asked people around the country to donate to victims from Monday's deadly tornado as they seek to "overcome this tragedy as we have demonstrated in the past.
(CNN) – Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant got a phone call from Joe Biden Tuesday after the vice president received word of Durant’s million-dollar pledge to help relief efforts after Monday’s tornado.
Washington (CNN) - Major conservative donor and multi-millionaire Foster Friess is planning to donate $1 million to help the victims of the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma and is challenging others to match that amount.
In an email to supporters Tuesday Friess announced his donation. He said he and his wife haven't decided exactly where the funds will go but hopes to have some answers in the next 48 hours.
(CNN) - Facing questions on his position about federal disaster aid Tuesday, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma confirmed he would want to offset any relief money with cuts to other parts of the budget but quickly added now was not the time do be discussing such matters.
"It's insensitive to even talk about it now," Coburn said in an exclusive interview with CNN's Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Capitol Hill. "It just shows the crassness of Washington versus the sensitivity that we need to have."
(CNN) – Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma said Tuesday morning there was "still a lot of uncertainty" in the aftermath of the disastrous tornado that barreled through Moore, Oklahoma.
But one thing he knows for sure is the area has a long way to go in terms of recovery and emphasized a need to raise a lot of money in the wake of the storm.
Washington (CNN) – Describing the tornado that swept across the Oklahoma plains as "one of the most destructive storms in history," President Barack Obama said Tuesday the state "needs to get everything it needs right away" to recover from the devastating twister.
The president, speaking from the State Dining Room at the White House, said he doesn't yet know the "full extent" of the damage or the "human and economic losses that may have occurred."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama told Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Monday the resources of the federal government stand ready to assist her state as it recovers from a devastating set of storms that pounded an area near Oklahoma City Monday.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has deployed an incident team to the state, Obama told Fallin, and more federal resources are on standby as the extent of the damage becomes clearer.
(CNN) – The tornado that swept through the outskirts of Oklahoma City Monday destroyed parts of U.S. Rep. Tom Cole’s hometown, the Republican lawmaker told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Speaking by phone, Cole said he recognized familiar landmarks in Moore, Oklahoma, as he was watching television images of the destruction, including roofs ripped off buildings and entire blocks leveled.
Washington (CNN) - Death threats have been made against freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), his wife and children, according to a statement by his chief of staff Karl Ahlgren.
Ahlgren said law enforcement authorities consider the threats to be a "serious matter due to the content and nature of the threatening letters which were received."