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Biden promises to help winter storm-battered Texas recover: 'We're in it for the long haul'

February 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Joe Biden embraced a familiar role on his trip to Houston Friday, offering both comfort and federal support after a severe winter storm-battered Texas and left millions without power, heat or water.

(CNN)President Joe Biden embraced a familiar role on his trip to Houston Friday, offering both comfort and federal support after a severe winter storm-battered Texas and left millions without power, heat or water.

It's a role past presidents have stepped into amid disasters and tragedies but also one that comes quite naturally to Biden, whose connections with loss and crisis are among his calling cards.

In his first official trip in the wake of a disaster, the President visited the Harris County Emergency Operations Center and later toured and met with volunteers at the Houston Food Bank, where first lady Jill Biden packaged food and water for the community earlier in the day.

Last week, Biden approved a major disaster declaration for the state, which unlocked more federal resources to help Texas amid the storm.

As vice president, Biden often stepped into this role as well, touring the aftermath of hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires as well as visiting with families facing tragedy.

"As many details as we can give him as possible is what he asks for ranging from dollar amounts, to deaths, to how many schools are closed down, you name it," Thompson, who traveled to disaster zones and tragedy sites with Biden and former President Barack Obama, said.

"You are the example of who we are as a people," Biden said at the time.

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