It's worth pointing out that his home state of Virginia is in the line of the storm, so this, just as with the relatively minor earthquake damage, could present him with a political conundrum. Even if his non-coastal district escapes unscathed, his fellow delegates will want federal aid post haste, sans Congressional wrangling over the budget. The statement is, to be fair, an "ought to," not a "must," so perhaps this will be revisited.
Late update: To underscore how real this scenario is, Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in Virginia.
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