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How FEMA Funding Relates To Budget Disaster

September 7, 2011 by  

How FEMA Funding Relates To Budget Disaster

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has nearly depleted the resources of its Disaster Relief Fund, and Congress is currently in a battle over how its coffers should be refilled, The Washington Post reports.

As several States are in the midst of Presidentially declared disaster in the wake of Hurricane Irene and wildfires are blazing across much of Texas, the Federal government is at odds about how it will continue to fund the mammoth disaster response agency.

Democrats in the Senate on Tuesday proposed spending $6 billion to replenish the Disaster Relief Fund, a program used to reimburse local governments and individuals for disaster-related cleanup and repairs. Republicans proposed a funding measure in June that allocated just over half of that amount for the FEMA fund.

The question remains for many concerned about the Federal government’s rising debt: Where will the money come from in the first place?

Many lawmakers argue that the funding must be presented through cuts to other government entities. Others say that even though it would be a breach of discretionary spending limits agreed to in last month’s debt deal, FEMA should qualify as an emergency expenditure.

According to The Post, the White House expects Irene-related disaster expenses to total around $1.5 billion, a figure to be added to $5.2 billion in backlogged needs the Administration of President Barack Obama said FEMA has accrued from previous disasters.

FEMA drew heavy criticism from 2012 GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, who referred to the agency as a disaster in itself, according to a recent Fox News interview.

“We’ve conditioned our people that FEMA will take care of us and everything will be okay, but you try to make these programs work the best you can, but you can’t just keep saying, ‘Oh, they need money,’ … Well, we’re out of money, this country is bankrupt," he said.

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  • FreedomFighter

    Look up REX84.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • Dan az

      Exactly!If they were to close the camps and stop the spending for supply’s for there underground shelters and gave back the monies from the civilian army that he was trying to put together.That should just about cover it for the next 100 years.

  • Raggs

    The dependance on government to FIX everything is at best a very stupid idea no wonder 1/2 of the population sit on their asses. Just throw in the unions and we have a country of no-doer’s…

  • JimH

    What did we do before FEMA?
    After the state National Guard and the Red Cross set up shelters and get aid to the injured. The short term is taken care of.
    The the insurance companies apraise what they had insured and get the rebuilding started.
    Some banks could set up low intrest loans.
    Just how much do we really need FEMA?

    • Dan az

      If I’m not mistaken the national guards are over in the middle east!Funny how that works.What has fema done for the gulf spill?I think an audit of them and a detailed record of where the money went would be a good start!

  • JimH

    Dan, By federal law, only 50% of the Guard can be sent out of state. That’s to make sure they are availiable for a state emergency.
    I think an audit and a decision that we really don’t need them is in order.
    We got by BEFORE they were formed. We can again.

    • Dan az

      Are you sure that only fifty percent was still here?I’m not!And I agree completely with your last statement!

  • s c

    To me, FEMA and the Post Office are in a dead heat, neck-and-neck race to see which is more utterly useless than the other. I wouldn’t be surprised if the result is a tie. In effect, FEMA is just another government attempt to make people dependent and ‘converted’ to the idea that Big Government is our long-awaited “Savior.”
    We’re supposed to forget that both are man-made creations, and both rely on unending sources of MONEY. Is it just a coincidence that when this or that moronic agency runs out of money, the old SOB can simply turn on the printing press and ‘solve’ crisis after crisis?
    The cure, people, is to do to Uncle Scam what he’s tried to do to the American people. It’s high time to begin ABORTING government agencies. The P O can’t continue to exist without perpetual money infusions. The same is true for the brown-nosing bureaucrats at FEMA.
    The P O has no plans for sustaining itself. FEMA is already imitating the P O. Like government announcers used to say when we were trying to get rockets off the ground, ‘Abort, Abort, Abort.’

    • Thinking About

      How would I know it would be just a short time before we would see the use of sob’s. See how easy it rolls out and we find others are guilty of the same. Must have your faux pas.

  • Dan az

    Now there’s an abortion that I could get behind!

  • Thinking About

    Why doesnt Eric Canter just let the big guy know he is not going to allow any more hurricanes, floods or wildfires to happen because they are not in his budget to deal with.

  • 4-just_us

    FEMA is a useless,wasteful arm of our wasteful ignorant government.Our government is killing America with handouts, bailouts,subsidizing,stimulus es,foreign aid,policing the world,cronyism,corruption,earmarks,fighting 2 wars,fighting drugs,fighting prostitution, ever expanding government,fraud,and almost no accountability for anything. The only man I can see who has a chance at getting America back on track is Ron Paul.The elites are marginalizing him because they fear him.


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