Biden in Florida assures to reconstruct, contacts Congress to supply more FEMA financing

Biden in Florida promises to rebuild, calls on Congress to provide more FEMA funding

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View of a harmed residential or commercial property after the arrival of Hurricane Idalia in Horseshoe Beach, Florida, August 31, 2023.

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President Joe Biden standing in front of a house harmed by a fallen tree stated it was “but for the grace of God” the damage wasn’t even worse.

“No winds this strong hit this area in one hundred years,” Biden stated, speaking in Live Oak,Florida “Pray God it will be another hundred years before this happens again.”

Biden and very first woman Jill Biden took a trip to Florida on Saturday to survey the damage done by Hurricane Idalia and meet residents and healing workers. The president stated he’s directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to do “everything they can” to assist reconstruct.

Idalia hit Florida’s Big Bend area on Wednesday as a Category 3 storm, resulting in extensive power failures and flooding. The White House has actually contacted Congress to supply $16 billion in substitute financing to boost FEMA’s catastrophe relief fund which the company stated will be tired in the very first half of September if it is not renewed. Speaking Saturday in Florida, Biden as soon as again contacted Congress to act.

“These crises are affecting more and more Americans, and every American regularly expects FEMA to show up when they are needed,” Biden stated. “I’m calling on the United States Congress — Democrats and Republicans — to ensure the funding is there.”

Biden at first stated he would meet Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whom he’s talked to so often in the wake of Idalia that the president joked Thursday, “There should be a direct dial.” In a declaration Friday night, nevertheless, Jeremy Redfern, a representative for DeSantis, stated the guv did not have strategies to meet the president, pointing out security troubles.

“In these rural communities, and so soon after impact, the security preparations alone that would go into setting up such a meeting would shut down ongoing recovery efforts,” Redfern stated.

Speaking to press reporters en path to Florida, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell stated the White House and guv’s workplace equally settled on the place for Biden’s go to previously today and stated no security issues were voiced at that time or prior to the declaration from DeSantis’s workplace was launched.

DeSantis, who is looking for the Republican election for president, has actually been a strong critic of Biden, however the 2 have actually come together in the past. Biden met DeSantis after Hurricane Ian in 2015.

Biden in his remarks noted he has actually remained in “frequent touch” with DeSantis throughout the storm and its consequences, including “the governor was on top of it.”