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Biden pitches spending plan, declares 'climate crisis is here' while talking Ida, wildfire response
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President Biden on Thursday, in laying out his administration’s response efforts to Hurricane Ida and wildfires in California, declared that the "climate crisis is here," while pushing Congress to take action in his government spending plan.
During remarks from the White House Thursday, the president addressed the nation on his administration’s coordination efforts with state governors who are responding to "devastating storm floods" from Hurricane Ida, which he dubbed as the "fifth largest hurricane in our history."
The president said he has spoken with New York Gov. Hochul and New Jersey Gov. Murphy and plans to speak with Gov. Wolf of Pennsylvania Thursday to discuss Wednesday night’s historic storm, which brought record rain to states, and marked the first time the U.S. National Weather Service issued a flood emergency for Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, parts of Long Island, and Connecticut.
The president said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is currently on the ground and "ready to provide all the assistance needed."
The president shifted, saying he is meeting with Louisiana Gov. Bel Edwards to assess the damage in the state from Hurricane Ida, adding that he has issued an emergency declaration there to help respond "quickly."
IDA CHAOS AS CABLE, PHONE OUTAGES MOUNT IN NORTHEAST
Biden said that since the hurricane hit, more than 6,000 members of the National Guard have been activated in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas, as well as in other states to "support search and rescue and recovery efforts for those who have lost their homes," adding that states have been working with the American Red Cross to open almost 50 shelters across the Gulf Coast.