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Following several tropical storms that happened last month, the extent of damage from those natural disasters is still being accounted.

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Today, Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will visit Puerto Rico to survey damage the island sustained during Hurricane Fiona. Two weeks ago, flooding and landslides caused by the storm knocked out power across the island and affected water supplies, leaving millions in the dark and without clean water. Hundreds of thousands remain without power.

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Once there, Biden will announce $60m in infrastructure funding for Puerto Rico from the bipartisan infrastructure law that was passed last year.

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Meanwhile, millions of Floridians are struggling to recover after Hurricane Ian made landfall last week, as Ian’s death toll surpasses 80.

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Partisan tensions are boiling over handling of the storm, with Republican officials facing criticism for voting down disaster relief aid in a short-term spending bill, reports Politico.

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Florida governor DeSantis is facing mounting criticism for millions he spent in the weeks leading up to Ian on “political stunts”, privately charted planes that flew migrants from Texas to the affluent Martha’s Vineyard community.

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Biden and first lady Jill Biden will be leaving the White House at 10:10am this morning for Puerto Rico, where Biden will examine damage to the island sustained during Hurricane Fiona and announce $60mn in federal funding for future storm preparation.

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Playa Salinas is flooded after the passing of Hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Photograph: Alejandro Granadillo/AP

Deanne Criswell, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will also be on the trip.

A White House official said more about the trip’s agenda to CNN: “They will meet with families and community leaders impacted by Hurricane Fiona, participate in a community service project to help pack bags with food and other essential items, and thank the Federal and local officials working around the clock to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild…The President will also receive a briefing on ongoing recovery efforts.”

At least 25 people were killed when Hurricane Fiona made landfall on the island last month, reported Puerto Rico’s health department.

The natural disaster caused an island-wide blackout, with hundreds of thousands still without power.

Biden will then visit Florida on Wednesday.

Biden mentioned Fiona and Hurricane Ian, who touched down on Florida last week, during a speech he gave at the Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner on Saturday, reported NBC News.

“Our hearts… are heavy, the devastating hurricanes, storms in Puerto Rico, Florida, and South Carolina. And we owe Puerto Rico a hell of a lot more than they’ve already gotten,” said Biden, referring to Hurricane Ian’s impact on South Carolina.

Biden visits Puerto Rico as partisan tension boils over handling of Hurricane Ian

Good morning US politics blog readers!

Following several tropical storms that happened last month, the extent of damage from those natural disasters is still being accounted for.

Today, Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will visit Puerto Rico to survey damage the island sustained during Hurricane Fiona. Two weeks ago, flooding and landslides caused by the storm knocked out power across the island and affected water supplies, leaving millions in the dark and without clean water. Hundreds of thousands remain without power.

Once there, Biden will announce $60m in infrastructure funding for Puerto Rico from the bipartisan infrastructure law that was passed last year.

Meanwhile, millions of Floridians are struggling to recover after Hurricane Ian made landfall last week, as Ian’s death toll surpasses 80.

Partisan tensions are boiling over handling of the storm, with Republican officials facing criticism for voting down disaster relief aid in a short-term spending bill, political reports.

Florida Governor DeSantis is facing mounting criticism for millions he spent in the weeks leading up to Ian on “political stunts”, privately chartered plans that flew migrants from Texas to the affluent Martha’s Vineyard community.


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