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.