President Joe Biden visited communities in two northeastern states that recovered from Hurricane Ida on Tuesday, claiming that the storm demonstrated the threat of climate change and the need to invest in infrastructure to deal with future extreme weather events.
Democrats visited residents near flooded houses in Manville, New Jersey and Queens, New York, and witnessed the damage caused by Ada.
When residents shook hands and talked with Biden, Senator Cory Booker (DN.J.), and other officials, garbage bags and soaked furniture were stacked on the side of the road.
“We thank God that you are safe,” the president told a family.
When Ida’s record rainfall inundated the area and caused flooding, the Millstone River adjacent to the Lost Valley community in Manville was already above normal.
Biden said at a briefing with officials in Hillsborough Township that this storm has made people urgently need to invest in infrastructure so that the next storm will not cause such devastation.
“The losses we are witnessing today are profound. Dozens of people lost their lives, houses were destroyed, … infrastructure was damaged, including the rail system,” Biden said.
“Every part of the country is affected by extreme weather. We now understand in real time what this country will become. If we don’t do something — we can’t reverse it too much, but we can prevent it from becoming It’s worse,” he added later. .
With Biden’s support, congressional Democrats are trying to pass a 3.5 trillion dollar bill that includes a climate-enhancing component. The smaller $1.5 trillion bipartisan bill passed by the Senate and considered by the House of Representatives focuses on infrastructure.
The President stated that addressing the damage caused by Ada requires understanding of climate change, otherwise the next storm will bring the same result.
Deanne Criswell, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and former commissioner of the New York City Department of Emergency Management, also expressed a similar theme.
She claims that weather events like Ida happen more frequently, and when they happen, they will be more severe and more intense.
“The impact of climate change that caused these storms is here. Our job is to make sure we are all ready to respond and be prepared,” she said.
When asked to provide data linking Hurricane Ida to climate change, the White House did not respond.
A Criswell spokeswoman told The Epoch Times in an email that she was purchasing from the United Nations. The United Nations said in a report last month that the impact of climate change, including a stronger water cycle, is being seen around the world. arrive.
Biden announced a disaster in parts of the two northeastern states. The death toll far exceeded that of Louisiana, with Louisiana bearing the brunt. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Air Force One that federal aid may be extended to other counties in New York and New Jersey.
The Biden administration separately stated on Tuesday that it requested Congress to approve at least $24 billion in funding after the Ada incident, of which more than $14 billion will be used for natural disasters that occurred before Ada, and at least $10 billion will be used for general disaster relief.
The government hopes that Congress will include aid in a small budget measure or continuous budget resolution (CR), which will postpone the imminent deadline set for the end of the current fiscal year on September 30.
“Short-term CR is not only necessary. It can not only provide Congress with more time to pass the annual appropriation bill and make bold and forward-looking investments in our future, but it can also address the specific and urgent needs that our country is currently facing. “Saranda Young, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement.
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