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Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio seek federal money for Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

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U.S. senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio and several members of South Florida's congressional delegation sent a letter Friday to federal officials seeking money for costs incurred by local law enforcement that responded to the mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood international airport.

The politicians wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson following a letter sent by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to Nelson on Wednesday asking for his assistance in seeking federal reimbursement.

Here is the letter from the Senators and members of Congress: "Last week, the community of Fort Lauderdale experienced a horrific tragedy. On the afternoon of Friday, January 6, a gunman attacked the Fort Lauderdale Airport, murdering five and injuring dozens more in the shooting and fallout. We are writing to request that you commit all appropriate federal resources to assist law enforcement and the surrounding community in Fort Lauderdale after this attack. We urge you to review existing authority and expedite any requests from local and state authorities for grant funding or other assistance to respond to this tragedy. Federal assistance would help this community respond appropriately to the devastation. Thank you for your prompt consideration of this request and your attention to Fort Lauderdale’s recovery efforts."

The letter was also signed by several Democratic members of Congress who represented Broward or have in the past including: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee Hastings, Lois Frankel, Ted Deutch and Frederica Wilson.

The U.S. Department of Justice gave $1 million to Florida law enforcement agencies to help pay for overtime costs related to the Pulse nightclub shooting in June that left 49 victims dead. The justice department provided $500,000 to local agencies that responded to the 2015 San Bernardino attack that left 14 dead.