President Trump on Monday declared an emergency in Washington, D.C. and ordered federal assistance to supplement efforts to prepare for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration later this month.
The move came after D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) over the weekend asked Trump to issue an emergency declaration amid concerns about potential threats to the inauguration on Jan. 20.
House Democrats earlier Monday formally introduced an article of impeachment charging Trump with inciting the Capitol riots last Wednesday.
“Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an *EMERGENCY* exists… and ordered *FEDERAL ASSISTANCE*… due to the emergency conditions resulting from the 59th Presidential Inauguration”…
The Declaration runs from January 11th until January 24th.(!) pic.twitter.com/dY03R7CQZI
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) January 12, 2021
Trump’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance for emergency actions under the Stafford Act.
“Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency,” the declaration released by the White House Monday evening states. “Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding.”
NEW from the WH (so crazy)
Trump declared that an emergency exists in DC and ordered Federal assistance to supplement the District’s response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the 59th Presidential Inauguration from January 11 to January 24, 2021. pic.twitter.com/dZED9GpeVO
— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) January 12, 2021
Bowser had written to acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf on Sunday, urging the administration to recognize a pre-disaster declaration in the city in preparation for Inauguration Day.