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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Houston on Friday to meet with local officials in the wake of winter storms that have killed more than 35 people and left millions without electricity and water.

While in Texas, the President “will discuss winter storm relief efforts, progress toward recovery, and the incredible resilience of the people of Houston and Texas,” said Press Secretary Jen Psaki .

While power has been restored for most Texas residents, more than 9 million remain without water. The federal government delivered 9 million liters of water and helped more than 200 water distribution sites, Psaki said.

Biden will also visit a vaccine distribution center during the visit. Vaccine administration was halted in many areas of Texas during the storms and the White House said it was working with the state to overcome the backlog of vaccinations.

Biden declared a major disaster for much of Texas over the weekend, making federal funding available to communities across the state, including hard-hit Harris County, where Houston is located.

Biden had said on Friday that he would be traveling to Texas soon, but did not want to “be a burden” as the region focused on disaster recovery.



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