tv U.S. Senate Sen. Jones on Deadly Tornadoes in Alabama Georgia CSPAN March 4, 2019 7:50pm-7:58pm EST
in that time? >> you could do that. >> i could do that now with the way our current laws are set up. >> yes. >> great. my last question, one of my last questions, is it possible that any element of this story apply to our current government and our current public servants right now? >> yes. >> yes. >> we have a system that's fundamentally broken. we have these influences existing in this body. that means these influences are here, in this committee, taking the questions being asked of you all right now. >> you can watch that entirely at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. nearly two dozen people are declared dead after 20 oh's
touched down this weekend in alabama and georgia. earlier today, senator spoke about the event and secure disaster relief funding for those affected by the storm. >> miss president, people in the country and around the world today, they've seen them just of the terrible devastation, gripped by tornadoes that touchdown in alabama. the county is a university and so many of the wonderful constituents there have suffered finally over the last 24 hours. as of right now, we know that 23 people lost their lives. twenty-three. as we speak, rescue teams and search, first responders are still out there. searching for others, they may have been hurt, we pray that we have seen the last of the lost of life's.
already, this is one of the deadliest storms in our state's history. we want to offer our most sincere condolences to all of those who have been affected by this horrible event. the youngest victim we know of was only six years old. our heart goes out to all the folks who lost loved ones, severed damage to their homes and businesses and i ask that everyone play further comfort and healing. i also want to thank the greatest first responders who for their lives on the lines time and time again to help those in needs. our rescue crews are working around the clock and we are so grateful for them for the work they do every day but especially on days like today. and yesterday after tragedies like this. these are our plans and
neighbors step out in the wake of disaster. to help their communities. sometimes we are all struggling with the tragedy on a very personal level. unfortunately, this is an all too familiar site in alabama. we have seen our fair share of natural disasters. a single day in 200011, an estimated 60 tornadoes devastated so many towns in ngcities including tuscaloosa, killing over 200 people, all we have a way of being personal, that was especially personal from coleman. about a town attended, she was watching onio television how her town was being destroyed. police flying everywhere, she was there to speak.
she can still barely speak about it today. as u.s. attorney enabled 1998, i saw firsthand the devastating damage to oklahoma and the communities. thirty-two people lost their lives. that destruction was especially personal to me because that is where my grandparents live for so many years. and my parents when i was first one. i can remember walking across the slab that was left at the church where my parents attended when i was born. walking across president clinton. it is unbelievable to witness that kind of damage. it is still rebuilding after a t tornado severely damaged their city last year, including the campus of jacksonville state university. last fall, hurricane michael ravaged our farmlands in south
alabama, destroying crops that were ready for harvest and 30-year-old. yesterday's tornado touched down at a time were north alabama is already dealing with historic flooding in cherokee county. as i checked in with my staff last night, i realized two of my staffers who are here with me on the fourth today they also are from that area. they have been concerned. it's a horrible situation to be this far away and know what's going on your t hometown and not knowing whether your loved ones are in the path ofth that destruction. alabama, however is a d resiliet place. we have an incredibly capable disaster, one that works around the clock when you need it.
all that we haveer faced over te past year, we will still need help. there's much yet to be done in the immediate aftermath of this storm, we know recovery will take a great deal of time and resources. i'm here tonight to ask my colleagues in the senate to stand ready to help the county, rebuild and heal. disasters will strike all of our communities at some time or another. that makes it all the more important to work together. they lost everything, they lost loved ones in this disaster. i'm in it for the long call. i promise you that. i know things will never be the same for many folks. i do,'s that i will do everything i can to help. i've already been working with senators to secure disaster
funding for the 2018 storms that hit the southeast last year. we are hoping we can get an agreement on that deal very soon and get on the present status so the farmers can be ready for the next crop that they are about to go into. the next planting season. in the days ahead, i will work closely with colleagues here in the senate to secure federal disaster funding that includes lee county, alabama. despite the fact we're, it's easy to see from the photographs and videos of the devastation that they were needed. even when we invest that. as the dust settles, we will be down there to fix and venture our offices do whate is necessay to help people. in the face of all t