Lawmakers Scramble To Increase FEMA Funding

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Lawmakers scramble to increase FEMA fundingMany Americans are keeping their fingers crossed in hopes that a devastating natural disaster doesn’t sweep through their neighborhood, especially considering the recent news that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is running low on relief funds.

Self-sufficiency skills among Americans may be more critical than ever due to the current economic crisis in Washington, D.C. Having already reached its borrowing limit, the United States government is now scrambling to find extra funds to help the victims of the recent tornadoes in the South and Midwest.

According to FOX News, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have announced their intention to draft an amendment to boost funding for FEMA. President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for the 2012 fiscal year includes $6.79 billion for the agency, which is less than the $7.1 billion allocated toward disaster relief funds in the 2010 budget.

Representative Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, told the news source that the Federal government has to “step up to the plate” in response to the recent tornadoes and massive flooding.

Meanwhile, FEMA has urged residents living in mid-Atlantic States to bolster their survival skills in preparation for hurricane season, which runs from June through November. According to The Associated Press, the agency recommends that citizens should have enough supplies to last 72 hours, including food, water and batteries.

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