A day after appealing to President Donald Trump for a fourth disaster declaration following punishing winter storms, Gov. Jerry Brown arrived in turbulent Washington and quickly met with Federal Emergency Management Agency acting Administrator Bob Fenton.
While the Democratic governor’s visit comes amid pitched partisan battles on Capitol Hill, the FEMA meeting – and Brown’s later remarks to reporters – suggest he will use his first trip since Trump was sworn in as president to seek out areas where federal officials and the nation’s largest state could prioritize collaboration over combat.
It’s nice to see one Democrat in America acting like a grown-up. Well done Governor Brown
President Trump last week issued his third presidential declaration for previous winter storms, freeing up federal assistance to state and local agencies, as well as some nonprofit groups.
While Brown has challenged Trump and Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield over specific proposals, his efforts to work with the GOP on infrastructure and other issues stands in contrast to many of his Democratic colleagues.
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