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Rep. Tom McClintock Calls on President Biden to Fulfill His Promise to Caldor Fire Victims

‘The FEMA denial is a stunning double standard when viewed next to assistance granted in other fires of far less impact’

By Tom McClintock, November 20, 2021 7:50 am

Rep. Tom McClintock sent a letter to President Joe Biden calling upon him to fulfill the promise he made to assist the victims of the Caldor Fire when he visited the scene on September 13, 2021.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied Governor Newsom’s appeal for Individual Assistance for victims of the Caldor Fire.  The Caldor Fire is the 15th largest and 16th most destructive fire in the history of California. Nearly 800 homes were destroyed when the fire tragically wiped out the Gold Rush-era town of Grizzly Flats.

Excerpt from the Congressman’s letter to President Biden:

“When officials from El Dorado County and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) apprised you of the need to assist these displaced families, you said, ‘we’re going to take care of them…there’s a lot that we can do, and it starts off being a federal responsibility, in my view.’”

“To fulfill this pledge, it is imperative that you reverse the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) denial of the Governor’s appeal for Individual Assistance for the victims of the Caldor Fire. As I noted in my letters to you of September 17th and November 4th, the denial of Individual Assistance, if allowed to stand, will have devastating consequences on survivors whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed.”

“The FEMA denial is a stunning double standard when viewed next to assistance granted in other fires of far less impact. For example, Cal OES identified nine other Individual Assistance approvals in 2021, which cumulatively had fewer homes destroyed than those destroyed by the Caldor Fire alone.”

“Last year, when FEMA denied the Governor’s request for Individual Assistance for the Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera Counties, President Trump immediately reversed the decision and granted Individual Assistance.”

“You made a promise to the victims of the Caldor Fire, and now is the time to fulfill it by taking the same action.”

Rep. McClintock’s letter:

Letter to President Biden regarding Caldor
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4 thoughts on “Rep. Tom McClintock Calls on President Biden to Fulfill His Promise to Caldor Fire Victims

  1. PG&E’s trust fund set up to pay the survivors of the Camp Fire in Paradise, 41K displaced when the town burned, has not paid the people yet. First, they invested the money in PG&E stock! OOPS! The stock went down, losing a bunch of money from the fund. What a shock! It is 3 years later and they still haven’t paid the people who survived the fire. They are apparently waiting for them to die – and that is not unreasonable. Many of them have died, so I guess this was a pretty decent decision if you’re only looking at the money. I am livid that they have hung the people of Paradise out to dry like this. I have friends living in rooms to rent to this day – and they are in their 60s, living with a family with small children. After about a year the family says they need Junior’s bedroom back and my friend has to move along. The other one, same type of thing. Both of these people were in their 60s and renters. The people who are supposed to e helping are not doing enough!

  2. Oh – I forgot to mention one other thing. A friend of mine got a call in late September, “You are going to be getting $400,000 next month.” A few days later the lawyer’s office calls again to say, “Oops, it will only be $160,000.” Now he finds out that after waiting 3 years they are going to give him 3 payments. He received the first one this week and it is $11,000. So they owe him $160,000 minus lawyer fees and – ready for this – TAXES – and they give him a check for $11,000. This is what is going on with the Camp Fire survivors after they went through hell.

    1. But let’s give illegal aliens, yes aliens, 450,000 dollars cash paid in full for breaking our laws. America continues to turn its back on legal citizens who have worked hard and paid taxes. And of course our suffering veterans are left out to dry as well.

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