When the storm and its headlines have passed, however, the questions about the Benghazi tragedy should continue full force as November 6 continues to near. During the much-needed questioning and impending investigation, it would be grand if President Obama would remain presidential throughout the process.
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.
The 2012 presidential campaign between President Obama and Mitt Romney will be book-ended by hurricanes.
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.
Federal Emergency Management officials are stressing the importance of dam safety.
Officials say a fire at a federal warehouse in Cumberland was caused by an electrical malfunction in a vehicle being stored there.
Maryland and federal emergency management officials are beginning a series of briefings for Hurricane Irene disaster aid applicants.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency this week has found about $40 million to refill disaster aid accounts and now expect the relief fund to stay solvent until at least Friday, the end of the budget year.
Maryland suffered nearly $16 million in damage from Hurricane Irene. The federal government will reimburse state and local governments 75 percent of reconstruction costs.
The measure includes $500 million in immediate, emergency funding to make sure FEMA won’t have to cut off help for victims of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee at the end of the month.
Carroll County emergency management officials say federal officials have visited the country to assess damage done by Hurricane Irene.