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Biden to Sign Major Disaster Declaration for Texas

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“I talked to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, the administrator, this afternoon. I’m going to ask him to accelerate our response to the request for, quote, it’s a different declaration, a major disaster declaration. So that we can get everything done that we need, that’s possible to get done with federal government help. FEMA is already there and providing support generators, diesel fuel, water, blankets and other supplies. But I’ve directed Health and and Human Services, H.H.S., Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense, to identify other resources. And so we’re going to sign that declaration once it’s in front of me. And God willing, it will bring a lot of relief to a lot of Texans. And so thank you all so very much.” Reporter: “Do you have any plans to visit, Mr. President?” “Say again.” “Do you have any plans to visit Texas?” “It depends. The answer is yes. Question is, I had planned on being in Texas, the middle of next week, but what I don’t want to be is a burden. When the president lands in any city in America, it creates — there’s, it has a long tail, and they’re working like the devil to take care of their folks. If, in fact, it’s concluded that I can do it without creating a burden for the folks on the ground while they’re dealing with this crisis, I plan on going, but we’ll know that — we’ll make that decision probably the beginning of next week.”

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