Jindal Already Slamming Obama Storm Aid

He demands 'full fed assistance' in letter
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2012 12:29 AM CDT
Updated Aug 29, 2012 1:22 AM CDT
Jindal Already Slamming Obama Storm Aid
Army Corps of Engineers Col. Ed Fleming, left, and U.S. Senator David Vitter, R-La., listen as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, right, speaks to reporters while touring the new levee wall and pumps at the 17th Street Canal in New Orlenas, built after Hurricane Katrina, as Hurricane Isaac approaches New...   (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber)

Even before Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana yesterday, GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal was slamming President Obama over storm aid. Amounts to be provided are inadequate to cover expected damage, complained Jindal, who has attacked the president in the past for excessive federal spending, reports Bloomberg. Jindal has already sent a letter of complaint to Obama, telling reporters: “You can’t wait, you have to push the federal bureaucracy."

Isaac requires “extraordinary emergency protective measures” and “full federal assistance for the state," Jindal wrote in the letter. The president’s emergency declaration doesn’t provide for reimbursement of state expenses, only for “direct federal assistance,” he added. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the intent of Obama's emergency declaration for the state was to get federal aid out immediately. “We’ll continue to work with state officials to provide any unmet needs,” he said. (Read more Bobby Jindal stories.)

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