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Fri Sep 3, 2021, 09:54 AM

Biden to visit New Orleans to survey damage caused by Ida as death toll climbs

Damn I love that guy!

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WASHINGTON ó President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to New Orleans on Friday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Ida as the storm and its remnants have claimed more than 40 lives across multiple states.

According to the president's public schedule, Biden will meet with state and local leaders from communities impacted by the storm and will receive a briefing at St. John Parish's Emergency Operations Center. He is also scheduled to tour a neighborhood and survey the damage via an aerial tour.

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Biden has pointed to the increase in climate events and their growing devastation on communities as evidence of the need to pass his infrastructure proposal, a message he is likely to echo during his visit.

Biden said on Thursday that when Congress returns from recess, he would "press for their action" on his infrastructure agenda that would make critical infrastructure, such as electric grids and draining systems, "more resilient to these superstorms and wildfires and floods that are going to happen with increasing frequency and ferocity."

"Weíre reminded that this isnít about politics," Biden said. "Hurricane Ida didnít care if you were a Democrat or Republican, rural or urban. Its destruction is everywhere."

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-visit-new-orleans-survey-damage-caused-ida-death-toll-n1278462

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