Transcript for Biden visits Texas following cold weather disaster
president Biden was in Texas today after the devastating storms there, after millions lost power for days, boiling their water and some of them getting bills in thousands of dollars just for a couple of days of power. Many had the money automatically withdrawn from their accounts. Who will be held accountable? Mary Bruce traveling with the president tonight. Reporter: President Biden touching down in Texas today to get a first-hand look at the recovery effort, fist bumping the Republican governor on the tarmac. The president and first lady stopping at this massive food distribution center. Biden hugging a little girl there volunteering with her family. More than 575,000 Texans are still under boil water notices tonight. Across the state, responding to the storm has already cost counties more than an estimated $165 million dollars. When a crisis hits our states like the one that hit Texas it's in the a Republican or Democrat who's hurting, it's our fellow Americans who are hurting, and it's our job to help everyone in need, look out for one another, leave nobody behind. Reporter: Just five miles down the road from the president tonight, we met Monica ware outside the motel where she's now staying with her husband and four young children. Their home destroyed, flooded when the power went out and the pipes burst. We lost a good, about 85% to 90% of our items, our stuff, our belongings, everything we had. Reporter: What you've just described is really hard to imagine. It is, but I can't think about me right now. I can't let it effect me because I have them. And I just got to stay positive. Reporter: So many Texans facing huge bills from power companies after the storm. Today one woman filing a $1 billion dollar class action lawsuit after she was slapped with a $9,000 charge. Some of that money automatically deducted from her bank account, and she wants it back. Important questions. We got keep asking them. Let's get to Mary Bruce live in Houston tonight. Mary, a long way to go for Texas. Millions of families waiting for help. Many welcoming the visit, but they want action, too. It was somewhat striking today -- though it shouldn't be, but it was in this deeply polarized time. President Biden with the Republican governor, also with one of the Republican senators today. A show of force from across the aisle. It was, but notably absent was Republican senator Ted Cruz. He was in Florida giving a political speech at a conservative conference where he joked about taking that trip to Mexico in the midst of this crisis, that vacation that sparked so much outrage. The white house today saying there was, quote, neither an invitation nor a request for Cruz to attend the president's events today. Mary, this evening all eyes on capitol hill as the house
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