Stunned that a White House request for $44 billion in disaster relief funds didn’t include a penny for fire victims in Northern California, two North Bay congressmen delivered a strong rebuke to President Trump on Saturday.
“These are Americans in a time of need, and the administration is supposed to be helping, not playing political games,” said Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena.
He and a fellow Democrat, Rep. Jared Huffman of San Rafael, are increasing the pressure on the White House to set aside the $7.4 billion that Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking for wildfire victims.
“We were sure hoping it would be in this package,” Thompson said, adding that Brown requested the $7.4 billion “far enough back that (the administration) had ample time to get it.”
It’s all fake news.
The reality is, both congressmen know that their districts had received help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Furthermore, California members of Congress have until mid-December — when the current government funding agreement expires — to secure the wildfire relief money.
Maybe they should get to work.