President Joe Biden promised a payment of $700 per household affected by the Maui wildfires, he announced on Tuesday.
The total is far less than what the president has approved for funding military activities in Ukraine.
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"We're laser-focused on getting aid to survivors, including Critical Needs Assistance: a one-time $700 payment per household offering relief during an unimaginably difficult time," he stated.
"We have staff on the ground dedicated to helping survivors navigate the registration process," he added.
2. We're laser-focused on getting aid to survivors, including Critical Needs Assistance: a one-time $700 payment per household offering relief during an unimaginably difficult time.
We have staff on the ground dedicated to helping survivors navigate the registration process.
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 14, 2023
"Richard Stern, director of The Heritage Foundation’s Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget, calculated that the congressionally-approved aid to Ukraine of $113 billion amounts to roughly $900 per American household," Breitbart News reported.
"The formal aid packages alone amount to a staggering $113 billion — roughly $900 per American household and almost 12 times the spending cuts promised by House leadership in the annual spending bills,” Stern said, according to the report.
At least 99 people have been confirmed dead due to the wildfires on the Hawaiian island, with the state's governor warning that the total could double once all casualties are known.
The fire raged for a full week before Biden responded on Tuesday. He was not in Washington, instead taking vacation time in his home state of Delaware.
The strong contrast between support for Americans in need and international concerns continues to portray an American last perspective that has angered many voters.
The issue is likely to haunt Biden in the future as he campaigns for a second term, seeking to win four more years in the White House in 2024.