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Tribal governments gain support to apply for disaster aid

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The Obama administration says it supports changing the federal law governing disaster aid to let tribal governments apply directly to the White House for help.

Right now only governors can ask for a disaster declaration, which brings with it access to federal money to help a region recover from a disaster.

A bill was introduced earlier this year to let tribal governments apply.

The bill has been referred to a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee.

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