The monstrous tornado that swept through Oklahoma Monday afternoon left dozens dead and countless without homes. The cleanup and recovery from this disaster will take some time.
Romney was asked at a presidential debate whether FEMA should be shut down in light of the deficit. Romney replied that FEMA should “absolutely” be shut down. He was asked specifically if that included disaster relief. He replied that it was “immoral” to provide such relief in the face of “larger debts”, emphasizing that “it makes no sense at all” to have such programs.
President Obama has declared an emergency in Maryland and ordered federal agencies to help state and local governments respond to the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
As Hurricane Isaac threatens the Gulf again, we will see if Katrina and Isaac serve as bookends of GOP hostility to federal disaster relief. An odd stance for a party that claims to “choose life” while watching people die in natural disasters rather than provide an adequate response.
President Obama has declared a major disaster for four counties in Maryland after Tropical Storm Lee.
The Democratic leader of the Senate says he’ll try this week to add almost $7 billion in disaster aid to must-pass legislation to avert a government shutdown.
The White House is estimating that Hurricane Irene will cost the federal government $1.5 billion in disaster relief.
Find out how you can support disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and the Pacific tsunami.