DeSantis and Biden Already Taking Jabs at Each Other – Watch
Could this be round one of the 2024 presidential race? Already, President Biden and Republican Governor Ron DeSantis (FL) are taking jabs at each other in the political arena.
Biden’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just denied a request from the Florida governor for expanded assistance in the wake of damaging hurricanes. The program denied was the “Emergency Protective Measures for a Sheltering in Home Recovery Continuation” (SHRC) program.
In their denial letter, FEMA said, “Due to the limited authorities FEMA has to approve and pay for this type of work, as well as our inability to confirm that authorizing this policy expansion would achieve the intended outcomes for disaster survivors, your request is denied.”
Their rejection included an “empty” claim that the Biden Administration remained committed to support the State of Florida in meeting the needs of hurricane survivors. But I guess that does not include housing assistance.
Governor DeSantis and his wife, Casey, joined with Florida’s Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie to announce that their state was stepping up to care for their own. They pledged $25 million in state funding to take the place of FEMA assistance so that building materials could be purchased for repairs and reconstruction.
There has also been an additional $35 million in funds donated to the Florida Disaster Fund.
“We are providing building materials and supporting nonprofit organizations to provide repairs so impacted residents can move back into their own homes,” Gov. DeSantis said in a statement on Monday. “Floridians are resilient, and the state stands by them every step of the way as they continue their recovery.”
The Florida First Lady added, “It is not a matter of if people will get back on their feet, it’s when, which is why uniting communities to reduce red tape and break down bureaucracy to provide relief to Floridians is so important.”
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) December 5, 2022