While truly bipartisan efforts are few and far in between these days, largely due to Mr. “Unity” doing everything in his power to divide rather than unite from the White House, a few situations appear to engender actual cooperation across the political aisle.
Sadly, it appears that tragedy tends to serve as the primary impetus for bipartisan cooperation, but beleaguered Americans will surely take temporal moments of unity when they can.
Especially when the Americans include embattled residents of East Palestine, Ohio, otherwise known as Americans that Biden cannot be bothered with.
Heck, even Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg cannot be bothered, as evidenced by his astonishing demand for “personal time” when a reporter approached him about the train derailment crisis.
Like he didn’t get enough of that while on veritable months of paternity leave.
Fortunately, senators from Ohio have apparently decided to set aside their differences (for now) and take the indifference from varied federal agencies head on, as first reported by Fox News.
“Ohio’s Republican and Democratic senators have teamed up to urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to immediately begin health screenings of residents of East Palestine, Ohio, after a dangerous train derailment released toxic chemicals into the air …
The senators said they sought the medical advice of a few experts, professor Kyle Walsh of Duke University’s School of Medicine and Professor Glenn Talaska of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine, who recommended that the government begin ‘voluntary collection of health indicators’ from East Palestine residents in order to ‘establish a medical baseline from which to track any future negative health outcomes resulting from their exposure,’” the outlet detailed.
With reports like this, it is difficult to believe the EPA’s ludicrous claims, namely that the drinking water in East Palestine is “safe.”
Especially when the federal agencies clearly cannot be bothered with East Palestine residents beyond the mandatory minimum, which the senators effectively alluded to in their letter.
“While we understand that EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other local, state, and federal authorities have been more focused—by design—on emergency removal action and associated risks related to acute exposure in the immediate aftermath of the derailment, we want to ensure that efforts moving forward also anticipate and address our constituents’ concerns over potential long-term impacts from the disaster,” Senators J.D. Vance and Sherrod Brown wrote.
The senators also noted that East Palestine residents “deserve to know if their health has been compromised by this disaster now and for years to come.”
Unfortunately, as East Palestine residents predominantly voted for Trump, it is extremely unlikely that the Biden administration is overtly inclined to implement federal programs to assess whether or not their health has “declined.”
Though if East Palestine were to become a sanctuary city for illegal migrants, the current regime might consider expressing more vocal concern.
Alas, to date, former President Donald Trump has done vastly more for Ohio residents than Biden ever will, right down to making a personal appearance alongside veritable truckloads of safe drinking water.
The 2024 presidential election cannot come soon enough … assuming Biden hasn’t dragged the entire planet into World War III by then.
Author: Jane Jones