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Rep. Harris Tackles Recent Protest, FEMA Indv. Asst. Denial

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SALISBURY, Md. - Since being re-elected, Congressman Harris isn't slowing down.  He's preparing to take on controversial topics, some that even involve picketers outside his Salisbury office.  

"Andy Harris has never done a vote for the Eastern Shore.  He's never done a vote for the Chesapeake Bay.  He's never done a vote for the middle class," said Carl Widell, who protested outside Rep. Harris' office on Dec. 1st.  

But those protesters don't appear to phase him.  

"It was pretty interesting since a lot of those protestors were not from the Eastern Shore," said Harris. "In fact, it was organized by a group from Carroll County.  The district re-elected me, gave me a chance again; all nine counties on the Shore.  

"I've been fighting for them for two years, people on the Shore know my record."        

Harris said he fighting to get Somerset County residents they help they need, after FEMA denied individual assistance to Marylanders last week.  

"We've reached out to the governor [O'Malley]. We've urged the governor to take any measures necessary to try to get that federal individual assistance because to be honest with you, Somerset County is one of the poorest counties in Maryland.

"I hope the governor will appeal FEMA's original decision.  I should say the President's original decision."

Though the FEMA assistance decision isn't guaranteed to be reversed, Harris spent time on Delmarva reassuring residents that even without it, help will be on the way.

"We're going to go back and take a look at what clean up looks like...and remind residents that they will be eligible for small business loans."  

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