House Reps says President’s FEMA declaration ‘falls far short’

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President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with labor leaders in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) – U.S. Rep. August Pfluger and Henry Cuellar, along with 27 other House Members, wrote to President Joe Biden Monday saying his initial FEMA declaration falls short of the need in Texas.

The group, according to a release, is asking the President to approve the individual assistance program for all 254 counties in the state.

Read the full letter here.

“We fear that your initial Federal Emergency Management Agency declaration falls far short of the actual needs of our state and request the immediate approval of all 254 counties for Individual Assistance,” the members wrote in the letter. “The services provided by FEMA’s Individual Assistance programs are essential to helping states and communities recover from disasters. Although the initial efforts of this unprecedented winter storm are beginning to dissipate, the entire state continues to reel from the aftermath that has left millions without power, portable water, and dwindled food supplies.”

Specifically, Rep. Pfluger says the initial disaster declaration excluded ‘too many counties in the 11th District of Texas’.

The bi-partisan group says the estimated damages from the storm exceed $62 million.

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