Biden and Texas governor play blame game over Hurricane Beryl relief delay

Biden and Texas governor play blame game over Hurricane Beryl relief delay


The White House has approved disaster relief for 67 Texas counties affected by Hurricane Beryl in the midst of a tiff between President Joe Biden and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) over a delay in federal assistance.

“President Biden approved 67 counties for federal disaster assistance after Texas requested a Major Disaster Declaration yesterday,” Abbott said in a statement Wednesday. “This approval is a critical step forward in our efforts to provide assistance to impacted Texans across the state.”

Abbott is in Asia for an economic development trip. Biden told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday that the White House could not send federal money without first receiving a request from Abbott’s office and that it had not received one yet.

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