President Biden’s upcoming trip to East Palestine, Ohio has caused quite a stir, to say the least. The President has faced backlash for gallivanting off to Ukraine while the good people of Ohio are still dealing with the aftermath of a train derailment that left their community in shambles.
Critics have been quick to point out the irony of Biden’s priorities, questioning why he’s prioritizing travel abroad when there are pressing matters closer to home. But fear not, dear readers, for the White House has assured us that Biden’s visit to East Palestine is on the horizon.
Joe Biden is finally scheduled to visit East Palestine, Ohio one YEAR after the train derailment.
What is even the point anymore? pic.twitter.com/UDNbpTt1cb
— Steve 🇺🇸 (@SteveLovesAmmo) January 31, 2024
The administration has been keen to emphasize its swift and effective response to the environmental disaster, touting a “comprehensive, whole-of-government response” led by none other than President Biden himself. Within hours of the derailment, the Environmental Protection Agency swooped in with their team of emergency response personnel, ready to save the day. The Department of Transportation also made a grand entrance to support the investigation into the crash by the National Transportation Safety Board.
And let’s not forget the Department of Health and Human Services, working tirelessly alongside state and local health departments to conduct public health testing and offer their much-needed technical assistance. It’s almost like a superhero movie, but with federal agencies instead of capes and cowls.
The President and his administration haven’t stopped there, though. They’re determined to tackle rail safety on a broader scale, championing the Bipartisan Railway Safety Act as part of their grand plan. Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency has given Norfolk Southern an earful, ordering them to clean up the mess they left behind and foot the bill for the federal government’s response costs. In fact, Biden himself issued an executive order in September, ensuring that Norfolk Southern continues to be held accountable for their derailment and its long-term effects on the community.
So, fear not, Ohioans! President Biden is on his way to assess the progress made in the wake of the disaster and ensure that justice is served. And who knows, maybe he’ll even bring his superhero squad of federal agencies along for the ride. Stay tuned for more updates on this thrilling saga of government response and accountability.