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Hurricane Ida Deaths Continue to Rise, Nearly 60 Dead Thus Far

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Hurricane Ida has ripped along the East Coast causing devastation and leaving fifty-eight people dead, including children. Over half of the deaths occurred in Jew Jersey, according to Governor Phil Murphy. 13 have died in New York City, and Louisiana’s Department of Health announced nine individuals have died in the south, including three deaths in a nursing home.

Many individuals who lived on the first floor or basement apartments died due to flooding. The governors of New York and New Jersey declared states of emergency Wednesday after flooding devastated many communities, transportation routes and buildings.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced she had spoken with President Biden on Thursday when the U.S. death toll was at around 46. Hochul says Biden pledged federal assistance to the state. Biden is scheduled to visit Louisiana on Friday.

Biden is expected to survey damage from the Category 4 Hurricane in Louisiana where roughly 1 million people are still without power. The Washington Examiner reports the presidential visit was welcome but was postponed until Biden’s visit would not divert resources from the clean-up effort.

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“We thank the federal partners who are already here helping with the recovery, and we will ask the president once again that supplemental aid be delivered to southwest Louisiana and expedited or southeast Louisiana,” said the state’s Republican Senator Bill Cassidy.

Cassidy also cautioned that mistakes not be made similar to those in the past. “We know from bitter experience with Hurricane Laura that aid can be delayed too long,” he said. The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, and American Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern flew to Louisiana earlier this week, said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

“There are more than 25,000 linemen from 32 states and D.C. in the region racing to restore power. And FEMA has staged nearly 250 generators in the region to support impacted areas” Psaki told reporters.

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Sen. Sinema Appears To Quickly Pull A U-Turn After Seeing Biden

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) – who dealt a potentially fatal blow to the Democrats’ election reform legislation by refusing President Biden’s push to reform Senate filibuster rules – appears to have avoided Biden as he spoke to reporters after meeting with Senate Democrats to the legislation.

In a video posted on YouTube, as Biden speaks to reporters, Sinema can be seen emerging from a Senate room in the background. As soon as Sinema appears to see Biden, she turns around and walks in the other direction.

Under current Senate rules, at least 60 senators would need to support Biden’s election reform legislation for it to pass. With the 50-50 split in the Senate, Democrats would need at least 10 Republicans to support the bill for it to have any chance of passing. In order to bypass this, Biden has pushed for eliminating the filibuster, which would effectively allow Democrats to ram through their legislation.

On Thursday, Sinema announced that she did not support eliminating the filibuster to allow the bills to pass through the Senate.

“There’s no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation. There’s no need for me to restate its role in protecting our country from wild reversals of federal policy,” Sinema said, according to Fox News. “This week’s harried discussions about Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could have and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time over the past year.”

“But what is the legislative filibuster, other than a tool that requires new federal policy to be broadly supported by senators, representing the broader cross-section of Americans… Demands to eliminate this threshold from whichever party holds the fleeting majority amount to a group of people separated on two sides of a canyon, shouting that solution to their colleagues,” she continued.

“These bills help treat the symptoms of the disease, but they do not fully address the disease itself. And while I continue to support these bills, I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division affecting our country,” Sinema added.

“Some have given up on the goal of erasing our divisions and uniting Americans. I have not,” Sinema stated. “I’ve worked hard to demonstrate in my public service, the value of working with unlikely allies to get results.”

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Biden should ‘sleep with one eye open’ around Harris: Terrell

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Jesse Watters and Leo Terrell react to the Biden-Harris COVID response strategy on ‘Hannity.’

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