The president authorized the funding at the request of Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andrew Beshear. It was something Biden said he “wasn’t sure he had the authority to do, but it turns out I do.”
“Every single cost, the federal government’s going to take care of,” Biden said Wednesday during his remarks after touring the damage caused by a tornado last week in Dawson Springs, Kentucky.
Biden said the funding will cover “debris removal, the cost of overtime and law enforcement, emergency service personnel and shelter.”
The president arrived in Kentucky earlier Wednesday, stopping at Fort Campbell before making his way to Mayfield. Biden, who was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, received a briefing on the storm damage before taking both an aerial and ground tour of the damage.
“I’m in Kentucky today to meet with local leaders and to survey the damage from the tornadoes and extreme weather,” Biden tweeted Wednesday. “It will take all of us, working together, to recover and begin rebuilding — and we are committed to providing whatever support is needed for however long it takes.”
Wednesday’s announcement comes after Biden had already approved emergency declarations for Kentucky and neighboring states of Illinois and Tennessee.