Biden to Send Maui Less than One-Tenth of One Percent of What He Wants to Send Ukraine

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden look at a burned car with Hawaii Gov. Josh G
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President Joe Biden is asking Congress to approve $24 billion more in aid for Ukraine, which would bring the total amount of U.S. taxpayer-funded aid to Ukraine since February 2022 to $135 billion.

In contrast, Biden announced Wednesday that he would send $95 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to aid in rebuilding Maui after the nation’s deadliest fire in over a century, which has claimed more than 115 lives, with hundreds still unaccounted for.

The $95 million is less than one-tenth of one percent of the $135 billion that Biden is seeking to spend on aid to Ukraine in a war that has no end in sight.

The announcement came after Biden offered Maui households affected by the fire a one-time payment of $700 each — less than the $900 each household spends on the Ukraine war, according to a calculation by a budget expert at the Heritage Foundation.

A Maui resident who is leading grassroots relief efforts on the ground told Breitbart News that the $700 amount was “laughable.”

Burnt out cars line the sea walk after the wildfire on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii. Hawaii emergency management records show no indication that warning sirens sounded before people ran for their lives from wildfires on Maui that killed multiple people and wiped out a historic town. Instead, officials sent alerts to mobile phones, televisions and radio stations — but widespread power and cellular outages may have limited their reach. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Burnt-out cars line the sea walk after the wildfire on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

“That’s laughable,” said Dale Hermo-Fernandez in a phone interview from Maui. “I mean, that’s laughable. The government should have engaged the unemployment for these people the first week [and] give them $700 hours a week on top of that, to help them,” he said.

“Just like how they did during the COVID…That would help them get on their feet. There should be an emergency subsidy in the unemployment just to help people stay on their feet because they have nowhere to go to,” he said.

According to preliminary figures from the University of Hawaii’s Pacific Disaster Center and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, it will cost more than $5.52 billion to rebuild Lahaina, which was destroyed in the fires.

At least 2,207 structures in Lahaina were damaged or destroyed in the fires — 86 percent being homes, and nine percent of that commercial.

Thousands of Lahaina residents are currently homeless and living in temporary housing. Earlier this week, a Hungarian company sent 60 fold-up homes to Maui, the first batch of 250 it hopes to send by October.

U.S. President Joe Biden (R) welcomes President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to the White House on December 21, 2022 in Washington, DC. Zelensky is meeting with President Biden on his first known trip outside of Ukraine since the Russian invasion began, and the two leaders are expected to discuss continuing military aid. Zelensky will reportedly address a joint meeting of Congress in the evening. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden welcomes President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to the White House on December 21, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the Department of Defense announced this week that it is sending another package of military assistance to Ukraine worth $250 million. That amount was about 16 times more than the $16 million in assistance the Biden administration claimed it had already provided to 4,200 households.

In July, at a NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, Biden boasted that the U.S. has given more money to Ukraine than all the other nations combined.

Biden had told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, “I think we’ve given more than any other nation combined in terms of assistance and cost and the American people are supportive. They’re supportive, because they know it’s about you, it’s about more than you, it’s about innocent people around the world, and the absolute brutality with which Putin is acting and the Russians are moving on, it’s like something out of the 14th Century, the way they’re acting.”

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