President Biden tours a neighborhood in Queens, NY impacted by Hurricane Ida

WE WOULD BE THE ONES ASKING FOR HELP. THAT WE WOULD HAVE EXPERIENCED A CATACLYSMIC WEATHER EVENT OF PROPORTIONS THE LIKES OF WHICH HAVE NEVER BEEN SEEN IN OUR STATE. THE VOLUME OF WATER THAT CAME DOWN IN ONE HOUR FROM 8:51 P.M. TO 9:51 P.M. LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT BROKE ALL THE RECORDS AND THE RECORDS HAD BEEN SET 10 DAYS BEFORE. THAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A CLIMATE CRISIS. WE ARE EXPERIENCING A CLIMATE CRISIS AS WE SPEAK. MORE THAN TALKING ABOUT THAT, IT IS A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS. YOU ONLY HAVE TO WALK DOWN THE STREET, AS I HAVE MANY TIMES, ELECTED OFFICIALS CARE SO DEEPLY ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE AND THROUGHOUT QUEENS AND ALL THE OTHER AFFECTED COMMUNITIES TO KNOW THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT, WHO PUT THEIR FAITH IN US, ARE IN PAIN RIGHT NOW.

THEY ARE HURTING. THEY ASKED US TO HELP AND WE WILL NOT ABANDON THEM. EVERY ONE OF US HERE, OUR ELECTED LEADERS, DOWN FROM OUR PRESIDENT TO OUR SENATORS, OUR CONGRESS MEMBERS, OUR SIMILE MEMBERS, OUR MAYORS, EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR COUNCILMEMBERS, WE ARE HERE TO HELP. I AM SO GRATEFUL TO PRESIDENT BIDEN FOR BEING SO RESPONSIVE, HE CALLED ME IMMEDIATELY AND HAD A GREAT FEMA ADMINISTRATOR CALL ME, HE CALLED AGAIN, WHAT DO YOU NEED? AFTER I ISSUE THE EMERGENCY DECLARATION IN THE CRISIS, WE PUT FORTH A REQUEST FOR A MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION. JUST ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, I WAS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. NINE YEARS AGO WE HAD KATRINA. THOSE OF YOU WHO EXPERIENCED THAT UNDERSTOOD IT TO HIM OCTOBER UNTIL DECEMBER, EVEN JANUARY BEFORE THE AIDE CAME TO OUR STATE. PEOPLE WERE PLAYING POLITICS WITH PEOPLE'S LIVES BACK THEN DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS OF OUR LEADERS HERE. I AM SO PROUD TO SAY THAT WE HAVE NEVER SEEN A RESPONSE LIKE WE HAVE SEEN FROM PRESIDENT BIDEN AND HIS ADMINISTRATION AT OUR LEADERSHIP IN THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THEY ACTED SO QUICKLY. AS A RESULT, WE HAVE DEPLOYED TEAMS ON THE GROUND TO GET IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE, BUT THIS IS A SHORT-TERM ASSISTANCE, GIVING THEM HOUSING AND SHELTER AND RENTAL ASSISTANCE, GETTING THE MONEY TO HELP CLEANUP AND FOOD ON THE TABLE, THAT IS WHAT PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS ENABLED US TO DO TO SUPPORT THOSE EFFORTS.

MY FRIENDS, WE ARE IN THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL. THIS IS NOT A SITUATION THAT WILL GO AWAY AND THE WAY I OPERATE, I AM ACTING AS IF THIS EVENT COULD HAPPEN AGAIN IN 10 MORE DAYS, THAT IS THE PREPAREDNESS WE NEED TO HAVE IN THE STREET, THIS ALLEYWAY DOES NOT BECOME A RAGING RIVER, DESTROYING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE, THEIR HOMES, AND THEIR FUTURES. IT IS AN EMOTIONAL DAY FOR ALL OF US TO SEE THIS BUT THE CHANCE TO SEE THESE RESILIENT PEOPLE AND THE MAYOR OF THE STREETS, HOW ARE YOU? JR. IS HERE. WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU. MARK OUR WORDS, THE PRESIDENT AND NONE OF US BELIEVE THAT WE SHOW UP TO TAKE PICTURES AND WALK AWAY. WE ARE COMMITTED TO YOU AND THE RESILIENCY OF THIS COMMUNITY AND HIS NEIGHBORHOOD. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR HAVING THE STRENGTH. I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU GET IT FROM BECAUSE THIS IS ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT STREETS AND COMMUNITIES, ALSO BECAUSE OF COVID, OUR HOSPITALS WERE FLOWING WITH PEOPLE FROM THESE NEIGHBORHOODS JUST ONE YEAR AGO.

MY FRIENDS, WE ARE NOT ABANDONING YOU. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE HERE BUT WHEN YOU NEED US. SENATOR KRISTEN GILLIBRAND HAS BEEN ON THE GROUND AND I WANT TO THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP AS SHE WILL INTRODUCE SENATOR SCHUMER. THANK YOU, THE THREE OF US WALKED COMMUNITIES, THE TWO OF YOU HAVE BEEN AN INCREDIBLE TEAM AND WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE YOU REPRESENT THE STATE OF NEW YORK. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR HOCHUL FOR BEING HERE AND BEING STRONG IN A MOMENT OF GREAT NEED. I WANT TO THANK YOU PRESIDENT FOR COMING TO TALK TO FAMILIES. HE UNDERSTANDS THE PAIN AND THE SORROW THAT THESE FAMILIES ARE GOING THROUGH. THE RESILIENCE THEY WILL NEED TO BE ABLE TO REBUILD AND BUILD BACK BETTER AS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID. HE IS ON THE GROUND BECAUSE HE CARES AND WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK OUR FIRST RESPONDERS FOR NEVER MISSING A BEAT, FOR BEING HERE EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THESE COMMUNITIES.

LAST AND CERTAINLY NOT LEAST IS SENATOR SCHUMER, AS THE MAJORITY LEADER IN THE U.S. SENATE, HE WILL BE BEST POSITIONED TO MAKE SURE FAMILIES RECOVER. HE HAS BEEN WORKING SINCE SUPER STORM SANDY TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE BETTER RESILIENCE, SO THAT HE HAS THE ARMY CORPS TO WORK AND THE PEOPLE TO HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED THROUGH FEMA AND TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE FRAUD WE SAW DURING SUPER STORM SANDY. THAT IS WHY SENATOR SCHUMER IS AT THE HEAD OF BEING ABLE TO SUPPORT PRESIDENT BIDEN IN GETTING THIS DONE. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR HOCHUL, SENATOR GILLIBRAND , AND MY GREAT COLLEAGUES. WE ARE WORKING ALL THREE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT AND WHY IT IS SUCH A LARGE AND IMPRESSIVE ANOMALY, PEOPLE GET HERE, BECAUSE THIS MAN CAME. THIS MAN RIGHT HERE CAME WITH — THANK YOU, WITHOUT ANYONE HAVING TO HOCK HIM, THAT IS A BROOKLYN WORD, OR BOTHER HIM TO COME. IT IS MY DISTINCT HONOR TO WELCOME YOU TO QUEENS, A BUSTLING BOROUGH OF OVER 2 MILLION NEW YORKERS WITH STAGGERING DIVERSITY AND INFINITE TALENT.

EQUAL PARTS PASSION AND COMPASSION. WHERE IS DONOVAN? THERE HE IS. YOU BEING HERE TODAY, MR. PRESIDENT, IS A HALLMARK OF HER HANDS ON PRESIDENCY. NOT JUST SITTING IN WASHINGTON BUT SEEING AND HEARING PEOPLE'S TROUBLES. AND THEN ACTING DECISIVELY TO HELP. NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS BY PROMPTLY APPROVING A MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION. QUICKER THAN ANY PRESIDENT HAS EVER DONE. AND WE ARE SO, SO GRATEFUL. NOW, PERHAPS NOWHERE ELSE REFLECTS THE DIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND OUR NATION BEEN QUEENS. WHERE HUNDREDS OF LANGUAGES, HUNDREDS, ARE SPOKEN EVERY SINGLE DAY. FROM ARCHIE BUNKER TO LL COOL J TO AKWAFINI. AS A CONGRESSMAN, MY DISTRICT INCLUDED PARTS OF QUEENS. THIS COMMUNITY IS NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART. IT PAINS US SO TO SEE AND WITNESS THE LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY. IT PAINS US DEEPLY TO READ THE STORIES OF NEIGHBORS WE LOST IN THE STORM. IS THE PRESIDENT, LESS THAN TWO MILES FROM WHERE WE ARE STANDING, TWO PARENTS PERISHED ALONG WITH THEIR TODDLER SON.

WATER RUSHED INTO THEIR BASEMENT APARTMENT. THE TODDLER WAS 14 MONTHS OLD, A BEAUTIFUL BOY ON. THE SAME BRUTAL STORY REPEATED ITSELF ACROSS NEW YORK AS IDA DUMPED A RECORD AMOUNT OF RAIN. PEOPLE TRAPPED IN THEIR OWN HOMES. IN A MANNER OF MINUTES, A PLACE OF SAFETY AND REFUGE BECAME A COFFIN. MR. PRESIDENT, WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE HERE. NOT JUST TO SEE FOR YOURSELF THE DESTRUCTION AND DAMAGE BROUGHT BY IDA, BUT TO DELIVER THE PROMPT AID WE URGENTLY NEED. THIS COMMUNITY IS HURTING, WE HAVE LOST LOVED ONES, WE HAVE LOST HOMES, WE HAVE LOST BUSINESSES, AND EVEN SMALL THINGS, THE MARRIAGE ALBUMS, THE MEMENTOS, THE PICTURES THAT CAN NEVER BE REPLACED NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE ARE ABLE TO GET THEM FINANCIAL HELP. IT LEAVES A HOLE IN YOUR HEART. IN THE SHORT TERM, WE NEED THE FEDERAL AID TO STOP THE BLEEDING AND REBUILD. I THANK YOU FOR HEEDING OUR CALL , LET'S HAVE THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THEM.

WE ALL WORKED TO SPEEDILY GET PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, WHICH GOES TO THE CITY AND LOCALITIES, INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANT GRANTS, GRANTS, NOT LOANS, OF UP TO $36,000 PER INDIVIDUAL, AND SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT THAT WILL UNLOCK AID TO MANY HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES WHO NEED IT. MY FRIENDS, AS YOU KNOW, MR. PRESIDENT, WE CANNOT STOP THERE. OUR CLIMATE IS CHANGING IN WAYS THAT ARE UNDENIABLE. THAT ARE ACCELERATING, THAT ARE CAUSED BY HUMANS, THAT ARE DEVASTATING COMMUNITIES HERE IN QUEENS AND ACROSS AMERICA. WITH INCREASING AND UNFORTUNATE FREQUENCY. THE LAST TIME THIS MUCH RAIN FELL ON NEW YORK CITY WAS JUST 11 DAYS BEFORE IDA WENT TROPICAL STORM HENRI DELUGED NEW YORK CITY AND LONG ISLAND BEFORE FRED RAVAGED UPSTATE NEW YORK. LET ME REPEAT THAT, IN THE SPAN OF JUST ONE WEEK, NEW YORK CITY SAW TWO ONCE IN A CENTURY STORMS, ONE WEEK, THIS IS NOT NORMAL. THIS IS NOT NORMAL. THAT IS WHY WE SO URGENTLY NEED, MR. PRESIDENT, YOUR BIG AND BOLD BUILD BACK BETTER PLAN. WE MUST ATTACK THE CANCER OF CLIMATE CHANGE THAT IS DRIVING THESE DESTRUCTIVE STORMS. THAT MEANS PROTECTING OUR FRONT- LINE COMMUNITIES THAT BEAR THE BRUNT OF POLLUTION AND THE CARBON RISING OUR ECONOMY ASAP AND IMPLEMENTING A JUST TRANSITION FUELED BY AMERICAN WORKERS BEING PAID A FAIR WAGE.

WE NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT STORM AND THE ONE FOLLOWING THAT. IN DOING SO, AND SURE OUR INVESTMENTS HELP CREATE A MORE RESILIENT NEW YORK FOR THIS GENERATION AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. BUILD BACK BETTER HAS VERY AMBITIOUS GOALS. REDUCING 50% OF CARBON THAT GOES INTO THE ATMOSPHERE BY 2030, AND 80% CLEAN ELECTRICITY BY THAT YEAR AS WELL. THIS IS YOUR WAY, MR. PRESIDENT, SO PROUD OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, SO IMPRESSED TO BOLDLY AND COURAGEOUSLY CONFRONT THE CHALLENGES WE FACE. BE THAT CLIMATE CHANGE, RACIAL AND ECONOMIC INEQUITY, OR DISASTER RESPONSE. AND IN THE PROCESS TO BUILD A HEALTHIER AND MORE UNIFIED, MORE JUST, AND A MORE ROBUST UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, LET ME WELCOME THE MAN WHO WILL LEAD US OUT OF DARKNESS OF THIS PRESENT MOMENT AND HELP US ACHIEVE A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR QUEENS, FOR NEW YORK, AND THE WHOLE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, OUR GREAT PRESIDENT, JOSEPH BIDEN. >> CHUCK, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AS THE OLD JOKE GOES, MY FATHER WOULD HEAR YOU SAY THANK YOU, MY MOTHER WOULD SAY, WHO ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING, I WISH EVERY AMERICAN COULD WALK DOWN THIS ALLEY WITH ME. TO SEE AND TALK TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED, JUST TALK TO THEM. NONE OF THEM WERE SHOUTING OR COMPLAINING. EVERYONE OF THEM WERE THANKING ME AS IF IT WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL.

I MEAN IT SINCERELY, THAT I WAS HERE. AND HOPE THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING. THIS IS AMERICA. WHERE I AM STANDING RIGHT NOW. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE, WHETHER IN SCRANTON OR CLAYMONT OR ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD, THE COUNTRY, WHO BUILT THIS COUNTRY, AND IT IS ABOUT TIME WE STEP UP, THEY ARE ALWAYS THE FIRST ONES THAT ARE HURT, THE LAST ONES THAT ARE HELPED. THAT NOT WILL HAPPEN THIS TIME. THE GROUP I HAVE STANDING WITH ME, LED BY CHUCK SCHUMER, AND YOUR CONGRESSWOMAN, IS THIS YOUR DISTRICT? >> GRACE MING. >> IT IS NOT HER DISTRICT? I WANT TO THANK HER FOR HER GUMPTION, THE WAY SHE HAS FOUGHT SO HARD FOR ALL THE PEOPLE IN THIS ALLEY. I REALLY MEAN IT. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. THAT GOES FOR EVERYBODY HERE. I WANT TO THANK THE GOVERNOR AND LEADER SHIMMER AND CENTERED CHILDREN, AND CONGRESSWOMAN MING, AND MAYOR DE BLASIO FOR BEING HERE .

HOW CAN I SAY THIS? SOMETIMES SOME VERY BAD THINGS HAPPEN THAT HAVE A TENDENCY TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN A PEOPLE AND A COUNTRY. I THINK WHAT PEOPLE ARE SEEING ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, FROM THE WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA AND IN THE FAR WEST, WHERE I AM HEADING IN A FEW DAYS, ALL THE WAY TO DOWN IN LOUISIANA, THE GULF, WHERE I WAS A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO, TO NEW JERSEY, DELAWARE, NEW YORK, PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO REALIZE THIS IS MUCH, MUCH BIGGER THAN ANYONE WAS WILLING TO BELIEVE. AND THE ENTIRE SEGMENT OF OUR POPULATION DENYING THIS THING CALLED CLIMATE CHANGE. I REALLY MEAN IT. SOMETIMES, MY MOTHER USED TO SAY, OUT OF EVERYTHING BAD, SOMETHING GOOD WILL COME IF YOU LOOK HARD ENOUGH FOR IT. WE HAVE ALL SEEN, EVEN THE CLIMATE SKEPTICS ARE SEEING THAT THIS REALLY DOES MATTER.

IT IS NOT JUST WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO GET BY IN THESE HOMES AND THESE ALLEYS HERE, WORKING THERE BUTTS OFF, IT IS PEOPLE IN HIGH TOWERS ON THE SHORE, WHO FIND OUT IT HAS RAINED AND ALL THE CHANGE TAKES PLACE IN THE GROUNDWATER, THE BUILDINGS ARE BEGINNING TO TILT, THIS GOES SO FAR BEYOND WHAT ANYBODY HAS BEEN WILLING TO SPEAK TO. WE SURVEYED SOME OF THE DAMAGE IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS IN QUEENS AND EARLIER TODAY WE WERE IN NEW JERSEY. IT ALSO GOT BADLY, BADLY HIT. WALKING THESE NEIGHBORHOODS AND MEETING THE FAMILIES AND THE FIRST RESPONDERS, SEEING HOW FOLKS ARE DOING AFTER THIS DESTRUCTION AND PAIN AND ANOTHER DEVASTATING STORM IS AN EYE-OPENER. PEOPLE WHO STAND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCES AND DO NOT LIVE THERE, YELLING, INTERFERING WITH FREE ENTERPRISE BY DOING SOMETHING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, THEY DON'T LIVE THERE. THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND. LAST WEEK, RIGHT HERE, AND IN SO MANY OTHER COMMUNITIES, WAVES CRASHED THROUGH THE STREETS. THE AGING INFRASTRUCTURE AND TAKEN LIVES, MORE LIVES WERE TAKEN HERE THAN DOWN IN LOUISIANA. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN, THEY HAD OVER 20 INCHES OF RAIN. THEY HAD 178 MILE-PER-HOUR WINDS, GUSTS, AND MORE LIVES WERE TAKEN HERE THAN DOWN IN LOUISIANA.

YOU ALL SAW THE HARROWING IMAGES OF STORIES AND FAMILIES TRAPPED IN FLOODING BASEMENTS AND STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE. YOU JUST HAD TO TALK TO THE PEOPLE. I AM SURE THE PRESS HAS DONE THAT. MY MESSAGE TO EVERYONE GRAPPLING WITH THIS, WE ARE NOT GOING HOME, WE ARE HERE, WE ARE NOT GOING HOME UNTIL THIS GETS DONE. WE ARE NOT LEAVING AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO SHOUT AS LONG AS IT TAKES TO GET REAL PROGRESS HERE.

WE HAVE TO TAKE SOME BOLD ACTION NOW TO TACKLE THE ACCELERATING EFFECTS OF CLIMATE. IF WE DON'T ACT NOW, I WILL BE HEADING, AS CHUCK KNOWS, FROM HERE TO GLASGOW, SCOTLAND FOR A MEETING WITH ALL THE NATIONS TO DECIDE WHAT WE WILL DO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. JOHN KERRY, THE FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, IS LEADING OUR EFFORT. WE ARE DETERMINED THAT WE ARE GOING TO DEAL WITH CLIMATE CHANGE AND HAVE ZERO EMISSIONS, NET EMISSIONS BY 2050 AND BY 2020, MAKE SURE ALL OUR ELECTRICITY IS YOUR OMISSIONS.

WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO THESE THINGS BUT WE HAVE TO MOVE. AND WE HAVE TO MOVE THE REST OF THE WORLD. IT IS NOT JUST THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. FOLKS, THIS SUMMER ALONE, COMMUNITIES WITH OVER 100 MILLION AMERICANS, 100 MILLION AMERICANS CALL HOME, HAVE BEEN STRUCK BY EXTREME WEATHER, ONE IN THREE AMERICANS HAS BEEN VICTIMIZED BY SEVERE WEATHER. THE HURRICANES ALONG THE GULF, EAST COAST, THIS COMMUNITY, I SAW THE HUMAN AND PHYSICAL COST FIRST-HAND, AS I SAID IN LOUISIANA, BUT GOVERNOR, YOU CALLED, PHIL MURPHY, SO MANY LEADING WITH URGENCY AND ACTION, SAID ENOUGH. THERE IS NOT A SINGLE REQUEST I AM AWARE OF THAT WE HAVE NOT SIGNED OFF ON. HERE IS THE DEAL, THE NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE SANITATION DEPARTMENT, AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS ARE LEADING WITH INCREDIBLE COURAGE.

TWO LINEMEN HAVE BEEN KILLED TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE ELECTRICITY. THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR, CLIMATE CHANGE POST ANNEXES A THREAT TO OUR LIVES AND OUR ECONOMY, AND THE THREAT IS HERE AND WILL NOT GET ANY BETTER. THE QUESTION IS, CAN WE STOP IT FROM GETTING WORSE? WHEN I TALKING ABOUT HOLDING BACK AND BETTER AND CHUCK IS FIGHTING FOR OUR PROGRAM ON THE HILL, WHEN I TALK ABOUT BUILDING BACK BETTER, I MEAN YOU CANNOT BUILD TO WHAT IT WAS BEFORE THE LAST STORM, YOU HAVE TO BUILD BETTER SO THAT, IF THE STORM OCCURRED AGAIN, THERE WOULD BE NO DAMAGE, BUT THAT WILL NOT STOP US. IF WE JUST DO THAT, IT WILL GET WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE.

BECAUSE THE STORMS WILL GET WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE. WE HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE SCIENTISTS AND THE ECONOMISTS AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS WHO ALL TELL US THAT THIS IS CODE RED. THE NATION AND THE WORLD ARE IN PERIL. THAT IS NOT HYPERBOLE, THAT IS A FACT. THEY HAVE BEEN WARNING US THE EXTREME WEATHER WOULD GET MORE EXTREME OVER THE DECADE AND WE ARE LIVING IT REAL TIME NOW. WE CAN LOOK AROUND THE WRECKAGE AND THE RUINS FROM SO MANY COMMUNITIES TO FEEL IT. YOU CAN FEEL IT AND TASTE IT, YOU CAN SEE IT. PRECIOUS LIVES LOST IN LOUISIANA, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, FAMILIES LIVING IN SHELTERS, SUBWAY STATIONS FLOODED, DECAYING INFRASTRUCTURE PUSHED BEYOND THE LIMITS, LIVES INTERRUPTED ONCE AGAIN. WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE GOVERNORS AND MAYORS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS. ON SUNDAY, I IMMEDIATELY APPROVED THE DISASTER DECLARATION OF GOVERNOR HOCHUL TO RUSH FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO WHERE IT WAS NEEDED HERE.

FEMA IS WORKING INTENSIVELY WITH STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS, ASSESSING THE DAMAGE AND MOBILIZING RESOURCES. I WANT TO THANK CHUCK, AS LEADER OF THE SENATE, HAS HELPED MOBILIZE STATE, LOCAL, AND FEDERAL, WHEN THEY ARE ALL WORKING TOGETHER, THAT IS WHEN THINGS HAPPEN POSITIVELY. THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECTOR IS WORKING WITH THE STATE TO ENSURE FOLKS ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID GET THE EMERGENCY CARE THEY NEEDED. THEY WILL MAKE SURE IT IS EQUITABLE SO THAT THE HARDEST HIT, INCLUDING LOWER INCOME FOLKS, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND THE ELDERLY, AND THE MOST VULNERABLE GET HELP AND GET IT FIRST. THEY ARE THE ONES IN THE GREATEST NEED. THERE IS MUCH TO BE DONE AND WE ARE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK AS ALL OF THESE CRITICAL NEEDS. I SAY TO ANYONE WHO CAN HEAR THIS, IF YOU NEED HELP, PLEASE GO TO DISATERASSITANCE.GOV, OR CALL 1-800-621-3362, WE CAN GET YOU HELP NOW. THESE DISASTERS WILL NOT STOP, THEY WILL ONLY COME WITH MORE FREQUENCY AND FEROCITY.

I AM WORKING WITH CONGRESS TO PASS TWO IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT THIS MAN HERE IS GETTING THROUGH CONGRESS FOR ME. THE BIPARTISAN PLAN TO MODERNIZE OUR PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, ROADS, BRIDGES, POWER TRANSMISSION, DISTRIBUTION LINES, HOW MANY BRIDGES WE WENT THROUGH IN NEW JERSEY THAT HAVE BEEN OVER TAKEN BY THE RIVER. MY BILL BACK BETTER PLAN, WITH THE INVESTMENTS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE, CUTTING EMISSIONS, AND MAKING THINGS MORE RESILIENT, EACH DOLLAR WE INVEST, EVERY DOLLAR WE RAISE, A CITY BLOCK BY TWO FEET, FLOOD PROOF POWER STATIONS, SANITATION'S, REDUCTION IN THE BUILDUP OF — INSTALLING ELECTRICAL LINES UNDERGROUND RATHER THAN OVERHEAD SAVES A SIX DOLLARS PER EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR WE SPEND TO DO THOSE THINGS. BECAUSE THE NEXT TIME DISASTER STRIKES, THE FLOOD IS CONTAINED, THE FIRE DOES NOT SPREAD AS WIDELY, AND POWER STAYS ON.

AND THOSE INVESTMENTS SAVE LIVES, HOMES, AND CREATE GOOD PAYING UNION JOBS. I HOSTED 56 HEADS OF STATE IN WASHINGTON AND I POINTED OUT, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, I SAID I THINK OF ONE WORD WHEN I THINK OF CLIMATE CHANGE, JOBS. GOOD PAYING JOBS. EACH OF THESE THINGS REQUIRES A GOOD PAYING JOB. NOT SEVEN DOLLARS OR $12 OR $15, BUT $45, $50 AN HOUR PLUS HEALTHCARE, THAT IS WHAT IS NEEDED. WALL STREET, NOT FAR FROM HERE, ACKNOWLEDGES IF WE SPEND THE MONEY ON THESE THINGS, WE WILL GROW THE ECONOMY, INCREASE EMPLOYMENT. YOU KNOW, THE FIRE IN OREGON SENDS SMOKE ALL THE WAY TO THE ATLANTIC.

THE STORM IN THE GULF, AS YOU HAVE NOW FIGURED OUT, CAN'T REVERBERATE 10 STATES AWAY, SUPPLY CHANGE AND CROP PRODUCTION GET INTERRUPTED. THAT DRIVES UP COSTS AND DEVASTATES INDUSTRIES ALL OVER AMERICA. THIS IS EVERYBODY'S CRISIS. LET ME SAY, AGAIN, THE FACT IS THAT, THE DAMAGE DONE ON THE WEST COAST, WHERE I WILL BE HEADING, THEY HAVE ALREADY BURNED 5 MILLION ACRES TO THE GROUND. THAT IS BIGGER THAN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN. 5 MILLION ACRES. YOU SEE IT BY THE SMOKE THAT COMES OVER THE EAST COAST. WE ARE ALL IN THIS, IT IS ABOUT TIME WE STOP THE REGIONAL FIGHTS AND UNDERSTAND, HELPING SOMEBODY MAKE SURE THERE IS NO FEWER FIRES IN THE WEST LAWRENCE HELPING PEOPLE IN THE SALLY MAKE SURE THEY ARE FUNDED.

NOT JUST THE FLOODING, FLOODING OVERRUNS SANITATION SYSTEMS. IT CAUSES DISEASE. PEOPLE GET SICK. IT IS SERIOUS, SERIOUS BUSINESS. WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO. AGAIN, IT IS GOOD PAYING JOBS AND WE CAN PUT THE ECONOMY BACK ON A PATH TO REAL GROWTH. IN THE MEANTIME, WE WILL SAVE A HELL OF PEOPLE'S LIVES AND MONEY. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. TO LOOK AT THAT NICE KID WITH THE AMERICAN FLAG. SAY >> HOW ARE YOU, PAL? HOW OLD ARE YOU? >> SEVEN. >> YOU ARE GETTING OLD. THE NEAT THING ABOUT AMERICA, EVERY TIME WE END UP WITH A PROBLEM GOING INTO A SERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE, WE COME OUT BETTER THAN WE WENT IN.

THAT IS BECAUSE WE ARE SO DIVERSE, THAT IS AMERICA. I AM PROUD OF IT. THANK YOU. AND DON'T JUMP. >> GREAT JOB..

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