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Wicker Sounds Off on FEMA Money

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 07 Sep 2011 04:14pm | comments

Federal aid for tornado and storm recovery in Mississippi could be delayed because of a funding fight in Congress.
Patrick Terpstra explains from Washington.

Hurricane Irene was the tenth disaster this year to cause more than a billion dollars in damage. The unrelenting bad luck including tornadoes in Mississippi… has spent all but 640 million dollars set aside for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Senate Democrats are seeking an emergency appropriation for FEMA, to keep from delaying recovery projects in Mississippi and other states on track. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has come under fire for suggesting that any extra FEMA money must be offset by cuts to the budget elsewhere. Republican Senator Roger Wicker opposes mandatory offsets.

WICKER I think it in theory we’d like to do it if we can. At the same time, we have obligations to people who have suffered losses through no fault whatsoever of their own. The federal government is the only place these people could look to.

Most G-O-P leaders are withholding comment until the Obama administration formally requests additional FEMA money. From Capitol News Connection, I’m Patrick Terpstra, M-P-B News.





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