President Donald Trump on Monday, Jan. 11, approved an emergency declaration in Washington and ordered federal assistance to help the district respond to the emergency conditions resulting from the 59th presidential inauguration later this month.
The president’s emergency declaration authorizes “the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts to alleviate the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures under the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the District of Columbia.”
“Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency,” according to the declaration, which also said that emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 100% federal funding.
The emergency declaration comes after D.C. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser over the weekend urged the Trump administration to adjust its approach to the inauguration in several specific ways following the Capitol riots last Wednesday.
In a letter sent to acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Saturday, Bowser asked the department to extend the National Special Security Event period from Jan. 11 to Jan. 24. She also submitted a request for a pre-disaster declaration under the Stafford Act, and urged Wolf to coordinate with agencies to boost security before the inauguration.
I strongly urge the United States Department of Homeland Security to adjust its approach to the Inauguration in several specific ways, and have outlined them in the following letter to Acting Secretary Wolf. pic.twitter.com/GaxUWfFbxk
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) January 10, 2021
The new presidential inauguration will take place on Jan. 20, 2021.
President Trump said on Thursday evening, Jan. 7, that his focus now “turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition.”