Officials from the Biden administration revealed on Monday, the day before the midterm elections, that federal assistance to Florida for Hurricane Ian recovery has surpassed the $2 billion mark.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency donated most of the funds. A total of $710 million went to households directly, and an additional $322 million went to the state.
The U.S. Small Business Administration provided disaster loans totaling $631 million, and claims paid out by the National Flood Insurance Program were $351 million.
President Joe Biden said, “When I visited Florida following Hurricane Ian, I pledged we would be there as long as it took to recover.” “We are acting in that manner.”
In an unusual cooperation between the two politicians, Biden and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis last month visited the devastation of the hurricane. The hurricane caused billions of dollars worth of damage and more than 100 fatalities.
The Democratic challenger against DeSantis, Charlie Crist, who is seeking reelection as governor, has also received support from the president.
In the opinion surveys, DeSantis is far ahead.