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Nevilledog

(52,092 posts)
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 06:49 PM Jul 9

President Biden says Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick delayed federal Beryl aid

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-weather/hurricanes/article/biden-says-greg-abbott-dan-patrick-delayed-19563648.php

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President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the federal government had to delay distribution of emergency relief supplies, including power generators, after Hurricane Beryl hit Texas because the White House could not reach state leaders to get the major disaster declaration request needed to release them.

Biden’s comments come as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is serving as acting governor while Greg Abbott is on an economic development trip in Asia. The president said in an exclusive interview with the Houston Chronicle that he had been trying to “track down” the governor to get the necessary requests to release the federal aid, which includes manpower and supplies.

A White House spokesperson said officials tried to reach Abbott and Patrick multiple times. Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“I've been trying to track down the governor to see — I don't have any authority to do that without a specific request from the governor,” Biden said. The president said he called “immediately” to get a disaster declaration request from the state, but did not connect with Patrick until Tuesday afternoon, when he ultimately issued the declaration. He did not provide more details on his attempts to connect with Abbott or Patrick.

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President Biden says Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick delayed federal Beryl aid (Original Post) Nevilledog Jul 9 OP
Undercut those SOBs every chance you get President Biden PuraVidaDreamin Jul 9 #1
both Abbott and Patrick are repuke hacks Skittles Jul 9 #2
Thankfully they have Raphael Cruz watching their backs. rubbersole Jul 9 #12
omfg Skittles Jul 9 #17
I wonder how many times they answered the phone with a usonian Jul 9 #3
Expose these scumbags malaise Jul 9 #4
I am glad the Bidne WH got out ahead of these dolts, so they cannot BS the public. Bev54 Jul 9 #5
Of course they did dlk Jul 9 #6
Abbott is bad, but Patrick is worse. (nt) Paladin Jul 9 #7
He is the jerkoff who said to Tucker Carlson Prof. Toru Tanaka Wednesday #30
Patrick is lying Mersky Jul 9 #8
For Katrina and other major hurricanes, the LA gov requested aid before the storm hit catrose Jul 9 #19
I agree, should have been declared ahead of landfall Mersky Wednesday #28
They withheld the emergency aid that was already disbursed by the Feds? slightlv Jul 9 #9
Republicans have a supermajority. summer_in_TX Jul 9 #14
Paxton was given community service. catrose Jul 9 #21
Not quite. Igel Jul 9 #23
Call it out whenever and wherever you see it. Evolve Dammit Jul 9 #10
Abbott - prick. Patrick - prick. TasminCat Jul 9 #11
How about that? A state wanting to secede from the union looking for federal assistance nattyice Jul 9 #13
Wouldn't it be nice if it needed to happen sooner? niyad Jul 9 #18
Looking for world help to beat Joe no doubt. pwb Jul 9 #15
As I understand it, greg wasn't/isn't (?) even in the state. niyad Jul 9 #16
No. Trade trip to Asia. n/t Igel Jul 9 #24
If only their voters would see what their party is doing LW1977 Jul 9 #20
Send them Aid! Bakerboy17 Jul 9 #22
As a Texan still without power tonight, I can say with conviction: fuck you abbott. And fuck off dan Patrick. Comfortably_Numb Jul 9 #25
Maybe the game is to kill folks in cities OAITW r.2.0 Jul 9 #26
It's certainly the plan to disenfranchise Houston area voters. All them there librals who don't love magats. Comfortably_Numb Jul 9 #27
What a fucking surprise. I am also surprised that, given the danger to the state, that Ted cruz did not leave with him. Scalded Nun Wednesday #29
Of course they did. They're killing their own citizens to "own" us. Initech Wednesday #31
Well, of COURSE Abbott and Patrick went to Asia during the hurricane DFW Wednesday #32

PuraVidaDreamin

(4,170 posts)
1. Undercut those SOBs every chance you get President Biden
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 06:54 PM
Jul 9

Can you believe how these republicans treat the people of Texas?

It's crimes against humanity

usonian

(10,999 posts)
3. I wonder how many times they answered the phone with a
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 07:57 PM
Jul 9

F--- You Joe, and slammed it down before they realized ...

Oh



It's their own damn cellphones that they broke.

dlk

(11,855 posts)
6. Of course they did
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 08:21 PM
Jul 9

And, no doubt, bragged about owning the libs. They are the worst sadists. Maybe one day, enough Texans will wise up to give them the boot.

Prof. Toru Tanaka

(2,129 posts)
30. He is the jerkoff who said to Tucker Carlson
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 01:32 PM
Wednesday

that older people like him would be willing to get COVID and perhaps die because staying home and following precautions to keep COVID from spreading would be “bad for the economy”.

Mersky

(5,038 posts)
8. Patrick is lying
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 08:52 PM
Jul 9

It was obvious yesterday before 10am on Monday that a disaster declaration was needed. Or hey, overnight when it strengthened to a Cat 1.

The weird thing about Beryl is that it maintained wind velocity far inland. The storm’s momentum should have made him pick up the phone and do the right thing YESTERDAY.

catrose

(5,132 posts)
19. For Katrina and other major hurricanes, the LA gov requested aid before the storm hit
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 09:44 PM
Jul 9

Not that there weren't other problems with delivering aid, but at least people and supplies were moving toward LA as fast as possible. 2M Texans are sitting here without power and the selected officials are occupied elsewhere.

Mersky

(5,038 posts)
28. I agree, should have been declared ahead of landfall
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 12:15 AM
Wednesday

When it was originally forecast to go in closer to Corpus Christi as a tropical storm that should have been enough to request aid. But then, when it shifted to towards Matagorda Bay, and expected to travel towards Brenham, that too, should have been enough. Finally, on Monday morning when it became evident that Beryl was slamming the greater Houston area with a significant, prolonged wind event, stupid Dan should have picked up the phone and called the White House.

Dan Patrick is petty, mean, irresponsible, and undeserving of his post. Nonetheless, he got his photo op plastered on local news stations for days in the lead up. It’s all theatrics with these fascists.

slightlv

(3,387 posts)
9. They withheld the emergency aid that was already disbursed by the Feds?
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 08:52 PM
Jul 9

Am I understanding that right? I've got lupus brain and things aren't going in and coming out in a normal way right now. Why do I not have trouble believing this is what they did? Are there any good people in the TX state legislature? Why isn't Paxton in jail yet?

summer_in_TX

(2,856 posts)
14. Republicans have a supermajority.
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 09:27 PM
Jul 9

Cronyism and favoritism (Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Republican State Senators didn't convict Paxton in his impeachment trial). Mystifying why the feds haven't pressed charges. I believe I remember that Paxton finally settled one of the cases against him (the SEC fraud ones, I think).

catrose

(5,132 posts)
21. Paxton was given community service.
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 09:46 PM
Jul 9

He could be delivering food, water, and fans, but I am sure he's got a cashier service lined up.

Igel

(35,711 posts)
23. Not quite.
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 10:02 PM
Jul 9

Theyd been talking to FEMA. Stuff was prepositioned. Plus the state has assets.

Abbott was in Asia. Patrick was acting gov. Like the local power company, you don't know what you need until you know what you need.

My power came on early this afternoon. I'm not that far from a company maintenance facility. They're just now doing serious prioritization of needs and where to deploy the 11,000 workers brought in to help. Predictions were it would go west of Houston by 20-30 miles. The eastern eye-wall went over downtown. Instead of Houston being 20-30 miles from the center, it was the center. (That bit of joy went over where I live. Explains my roof and downed fencing.

Make requests on Sunday based on forecast, it would have been wrong. (As it is, the power company staged materiel right in the storm's path.)

One thing I noticed yesterday. Two hours after the high winds were past, people called in to the radio talk host, "Why haven't they fixed the power lines yet?" As the company explained, computers say the circuit that's out, but not where or why. People were demanding great things of others, not even basic minimal patience from themselves.

nattyice

(336 posts)
13. How about that? A state wanting to secede from the union looking for federal assistance
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 09:25 PM
Jul 9

Reminder that Texans can elect a new governor in 2026.

pwb

(11,801 posts)
15. Looking for world help to beat Joe no doubt.
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 09:35 PM
Jul 9

Or send some jobs to Texas, we only pay $7.25 an hour to our own people.

Bakerboy17

(17 posts)
22. Send them Aid!
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 09:53 PM
Jul 9

Biden is immune. Send them the aid without Patrick's approval. Help our countrymen. Show them who Biden really is and ram it down their throats.

Comfortably_Numb

(3,952 posts)
25. As a Texan still without power tonight, I can say with conviction: fuck you abbott. And fuck off dan Patrick.
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 10:38 PM
Jul 9

I know it’s a hurricane but damn, our electric infrastructure sucks donkey nut sweat.

OAITW r.2.0

(25,653 posts)
26. Maybe the game is to kill folks in cities
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 10:53 PM
Jul 9

and assume wealthier folks will figure non-state solutions to survive.

Comfortably_Numb

(3,952 posts)
27. It's certainly the plan to disenfranchise Houston area voters. All them there librals who don't love magats.
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 11:10 PM
Jul 9

As you may guess, I’m a Houston area liberal who wouldn’t piss on Abbott, Paxton, or Patrick if they were on fire. I would watch though and spend the time taunting their worthless asses..

Scalded Nun

(1,277 posts)
29. What a fucking surprise. I am also surprised that, given the danger to the state, that Ted cruz did not leave with him.
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 10:15 AM
Wednesday

They'll try to blame the feds for this.

Patrick was probably hiding somewhere (maybe in his little pick-up truck), looking to further sabotage any/every thing so he can blame abbott a/o the feds (Biden)...or both.

I am so glad we got out that that fucking state last year. Those incompetent assholes couldn't lead a turd down the toilet.

Initech

(100,578 posts)
31. Of course they did. They're killing their own citizens to "own" us.
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 04:18 PM
Wednesday

And for that, Abbott and Patrick can go get royally fucked. Fuck them, and fuck Fox News for installing them.

DFW

(55,241 posts)
32. Well, of COURSE Abbott and Patrick went to Asia during the hurricane
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 04:23 PM
Wednesday

They may be Republicans, but even they are not going to escape to Cancún in the middle of the summer. Come ON now!

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