It is certainly an expected function of the federal government to come to the aid of Americans and local governments that need exceptional aid as the result of natural disasters: tornados, earth quakes, flood and hurricanes for example. But while draining the swamp, President Trump apparently lost the memo. In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the State of North Carolina anticipated the usual largesse and requested federal recovery aid. And the Trump regime came through…with 1% of the requested aid. Which might have worked if they had requested…like say…$6 Trillion…but they asked for what I would think a more reasonable $900 million.
Now obviously I don’t know the actual total cost of damages in North Carolina nor how much would have been covered by insurance…and I don’t begrudge any area of the United States from receiving federal disaster aid…but $6.1 million in aid seems pretty weak.
Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday expressed his “shock and disappointment” in the small amount of federal disaster funding the Trump administration and Congress have authorized for Hurricane Matthew recovery in North Carolina — less than 1 percent of what the state requested.
Cooper expressed his dismay in a letter to President Donald Trump, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“Families across Eastern North Carolina need help to rebuild and recover, and it is an incredible failure by the Trump Administration and Congressional leaders to turn their backs,” Cooper said in a statement released Wednesday. “Matthew was a historic storm and we are still working every day to help families return home and rebuild their communities.
“North Carolinians affected by this storm cannot be ignored by the Trump Administration and Congressional leadership, and I will continue to work with our Congressional delegation to get North Carolina residents affected by the storm the help they deserve.”
I really hope this isn’t the canary indicator for the federal disaster funding states can expect in the next four years.