FACT CHECK: Has Joe Biden Done Nothing To Help Texans During The Winter Storm?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook claims President Joe Biden has done nothing to help Texans during the recent winter storm.

Verdict: False

Biden has taken steps such as approving a Feb. 14 emergency declaration and a Feb. 19 major disaster declaration for Texas. Those actions provided federal assistance to the state. He is also expected to visit Texas Feb. 26.

Fact Check:

Texas was hit last week by a severe winter storm that has left millions of people without power, according to The Texas Tribune. Amid the winter storm, some Facebook users claimed Biden has done nothing to aid the Lone Star state.

“Great job Biden in handling Texas” one such Feb. 19 Facebook post reads. “Do nothing while the people are suffering.” (RELATED: Viral Post Claims There Are No Wildfires In Canada Or Mexico)

Biden has taken steps to aid the state, contrary to the post’s claim. On Feb. 14, he approved an emergency declaration for Texas that unlocked federal assistance. The action authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to “identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency,” according to a White House press release. FEMA also announced in a Feb. 14 press release that “federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state, tribal and local recovery effort.”

FEMA Region 6 tweeted Feb. 18 that it had provided Texas with 729,000 liters of water, over 50,000 cotton blankets and generators and fuel for critical sites.

Biden on Feb. 19 also signed a major disaster declaration for Texas that provided more federal resources to the state, according to NBC News. That declaration made federal funding available to affected individuals in 77 counties in Texas, a White House press release states.

“Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster,” the press release says in part.

Additionally, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki discussed Texas during a Feb. 16 press briefing, stating, “Well, I think our focus right now is ensuring that the millions of people across Texas who were impacted by the storm get the relief they need.”

Biden sent a tweet Feb. 18 reiterating his plans to help Texas, saying, “Jill and I are keeping Texas, Oklahoma, and other impacted states in our prayers. I’ve declared states of emergency, authorized FEMA to provide generators and supplies, and am ready to fulfill additional requests.” He additionally advised people in affected areas to “Please heed the instructions of local officials and stay safe.”

Biden plans to visit the state Feb. 26, according to CNBC.

Elias Atienza

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