Jindal: Obama Must Do More on Isaac

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 10:53 AM

By Andra Varin

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Gov. Bobby Jindal called President Barack Obama’s emergency declaration for Louisiana “very limited,” and urged the White House to do more to help his state to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac.

With Isaac expected to hit as a hurricane, Obama on Monday signed an emergency declaration authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to supplement the state and local response to the storm.

Jindal said the federal government should pledge to pick up the full cost of the state’s efforts to prepare for the big storm.

“While Tropical Storm Isaac has yet to strike the state, it has necessitated significant amounts of State and local government expenditures. The State’s expenditures for emergency protective measures are already approximately $8,000,000 and exceed the State of Louisiana’s threshold when making a request for a major disaster declaration,” Jindal wrote in a letter to Obama.

“A core responsibility of the federal government is to protect the lives and property of its citizens when threatened,” the Republican governor wrote.

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