President BidenJoe BidenBiden ‘disappointed’ with Senate MP’s decision, but ‘respects’ decision Taylor Swift welcomes passage of House Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls dropped Bruce Springsteen charges ‘liberal privilege’ MORE He spent Friday in Texas getting information on the recent winter storm and surveying a local food bank, pledging to help the state recover from the effects of severe weather and power outages.
“Our prayers are with you after this winter storm,” Biden said in remarks at NRG Stadium in Houston. “We will be true partners to help them recover and rebuild from these storms and this pandemic and this economic crisis. We have a long way to go.”
Biden spent most of the day with Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) and was briefed on ongoing recovery efforts at the Harris County Emergency Operations Center. Biden was briefed on ongoing efforts to repair water systems in Harris County, where 57,000 residents remain under boil-water advisories.
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Biden used his comments to carry forward his message of unity, describing those affected by both the freezing weather and the coronavirus pandemic not as Republicans or Democrats, but as “fellow Americans.”
“When a crisis hits one of our states like the one that hit Texas, it is not a Republican or a Democrat who is suffering, it is our compatriots who are suffering, and it is our job to help all those in need, take care of each other. , “Leave no one behind,” Biden said.
Biden spoke at NRG Stadium, a mass vaccination site in the state of Texas. He quickly focused on his administration’s efforts to partner with states to vaccinate the U.S. population, mentioning that the country surpassed 50 million vaccines from the coronavirus vaccine earlier this week.
Biden also welcomed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel’s endorsement of the single-dose vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson. Still, he cautioned that it would be an arduous process to vaccinate the entire American population and encouraged people to continue to follow public health guidelines.
“Wear your masks. It’s not a political statement, it’s a patriotic thing you can do,” Biden said.
The president also called for bipartisan action to address the pandemic, signaling his commitment to Cornyn and Abbott on Friday. His remarks came as House Democrats prepared to pass Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion aid package, which is not expected to win Republican support.
“We disagree on a lot of things and there is nothing wrong with that, but there are many things we can work on together and one of them is represented right here today: the effort to accelerate vaccines,” Biden said.
The trip was Biden’s third official out-of-state visit since he assumed the presidency. Last week he traveled to Wisconsin to participate in a CNN town hall and visited a Pfizer coronavirus vaccination facility in Michigan.
Biden signed emergency declarations for Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma after the storm, and also approved major disaster declarations for Texas and Oklahoma to free up more federal resources for states and their residents. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent supplies including water, blankets, generators, diesel fuel, and meals.