FEMA funding faces now familiar congressional wrangling
August 30th, 2011
05:11 PM ET
11 years ago

FEMA funding faces now familiar congressional wrangling

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As rescuers raced Wednesday to free people trapped by floodwaters caused by Hurricane Irene, Washington politicians bickered over how to pay for it.

The same budget arguments that nearly brought the first government default in history earlier this month now raise questions about whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency will have enough money to deal with Irene's aftermath.


Filed under: Budget • Congress • FEMA
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  1. rs

    Face it gang: the GOP/TP doesn't care about anyone but themselves, and the richest 2% of Americans. If that isn't the clearest reason to never vote Republican, I don't know what is.

    August 30, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    I'd like to see how quickly this line of GOP/Teatroll crap ceases to exist if there was a disaster that mainly effected only extremely wealthy, affluent communities with plenty of high-level CEOs and upper echelon management and banker, etc., living in it.

    August 30, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. JC

    Ron Paul 2012!

    August 30, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Looks like the wealthy lost everything but their big screen TVs.

    August 30, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Have friends in Cantor's district that have said they voted for him before, but never will again. Too bad they can't do a recall - that man can do a lot of damage to the folks of Virginia between now and November 2012 (when he is expected to lose re-election).

    Guess Boner will feel better tho, once that Cantor knife is pulled out of his back (assuming boner gets re-elected).

    August 30, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. Moderate Sean

    Hey Cantor all your fellow idiot T/P Republicans, you don't play politics in times of Natural Disasters, or disasters in general...time is of the essence and people are depending on FEMA and other Federal, State, and local governments to respond to and assist in the recovery from Irene and all it's ill effects! Folks, remember who were the obstructionists come November 2012!!

    August 30, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. MTATL

    I went from Atlanta to New Orleans after Katrina and worked to clean that wonderful city up. After what I saw there anyone who says FEMA needs to have its funds cut needs to be forced to work in a disaster area until it is cleaned up. Once they do I bet they would sing a different tune. Cantor and all those extremist and fiscal terrorist in the Republican party really don't care about anyone but their corporate buddies.

    August 30, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. SecedingfromTexas

    Here's a plan. Let those greedy, "let them eat cake", pseudo-Christian, tea stained, Koch lovin', Norquist pledge
    signin', good for nothing idiots, give up their salaries and all of the perks that go with it, quit their jobs, fend for
    themselves, feed their kids on the "retirement" packages we will pay them, and let America move on in the only way
    she can. Without them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 30, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Ron

    I DARE the GOP to oppose funding FEMA!

    August 30, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Troy

    I understand the disappointment in the GOP as well as with the tea party, I really do, however, I do support Ron Paul's approach to replacing FEMA with a more localized disaster response group. That way they know the area better and can be more efficient in the relief effort.

    August 30, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    RS, yup, you've just described the GOBP platform to a T: Care for the greedy, not the needy. It's baffling why any non-millionaire would be gullible enough to vote for those corrupt corporatist cult members. Guess it's just proof that PT Barnum was right about suckers being born every minute.

    August 30, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. maf

    OK, Cantor's vow to cut spending to the same amount that FEMA spends in the recovery process after Irene. . . hmmmmm.
    No end to military expenditures on foreign soil, yet no FEMA $$$. The GObP continue to paint themselves into a corner with their only campaign platform of "Cut Spending"! The Party of NO on their way to becoming the Party of NOTHING! I used to appreciate the discussions I had with Republicans. Not anymore, when you choose the value of money over people, you bite the hand that will likely feed you when you have nothing left. When currency gets completely devalued and money is WORTHLESS, Republicans will have nothing!
    Couldn't happen to a more arrogant group!

    August 30, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |