After approving relief to winter storm-torn Texas earlier this week, President Joe Biden on Thursday provided the state and its next-door neighbors additional resources as needed, the White Home stated– an obvious departure from previous President Donald Trump’s technique to disaster relief and a sign of how Biden will manage relationships with even Republican guvs.
Biden spoke by phone with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, about the winter season storm that has left numerous thousands of Texas citizens without power and many lacking food and water, according to a readout launched by the White Home.
The readout states Biden informed Abbott the federal government will “continue to work hand-in-hand with state and regional authorities” and promised to “advise federal firms to look into any immediate actions that might be required to support Texans.”
Biden included that his administration is “at the ready need to the State of Texas or any other affected region require extra federal catastrophe support or support,” according to the readout.
Abbott has positioned himself as an early enemy to Biden, signing an executive order just eight days into the president’s term to “direct every state agency to use all legal powers and tools to challenge any federal action” that endangers Texas’ energy sector.
However when the winter season storm struck Texas earlier this week and badly diminished its energy capability, Abbott, in addition to Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), asked for federal help from Biden, which he authorized soon after.
Trump often framed catastrophe through a partisan or ideological lens. Last April, he suggested coronavirus relief shoul