President Biden has issued a major disaster declaration for Texas unlocking more federal resources to assist the state.
Biden also announced plans to visit the state next week. The president signaled he didn’t want a presidential arrival to interfere or burden the current rescue/repair efforts.
President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Texas as the state grapples with widespread power outages and water shortages amid freezing winter conditions, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Saturday.
The action unlocks federal funding for individuals in Texas, grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.
The declaration also provides funding for cost-sharing with state and local governments and some private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures and hazard mitigation measures. Dozens of counties will be able to access the aid.
After approving an emergency declaration several days ago, President Biden has now declared a “major disaster” exists in Texas and is sending more federal assistance, per WH. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing, home repairs & low-cost loans for uninsured property
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 20, 2021
Two questions: do supporters of Texas’ secession from the US oppose disaster aid from the US federal government?Does Texas AG Ken Paxton, who joined case to overturn the election, consider President Biden’s emergency declaration for the state illegitimate?
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) February 19, 2021