Barbara, please sign our petition telling the House Republican leadership that federal emergency disaster funding should not be held hostage in order to force spending cuts elsewhere. Click here to sign.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which affected as many as 60 million people, those in the path of the storm are relying on coordinated disaster relief to get back to normal. Yet Republican leadership, including Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and John Boehner, have fought to cut disaster relief funding. In fact, they managed to cut the disaster relief fund to a mere $2.65 billion, which Sandy’s impact is sure to surpass.
Now, we have a huge swath of the eastern seaboard in need of relief, supplies and clean up. The resources to fund this effort will need to be allocated quickly, and it is likely that this will be done during the lame duck session. Those same House Republicans will still be in power and in the position to hold disaster relief hostage for other cuts. Given their past efforts, which include cutting first responder funding to pay for disaster relief, we must demand now that social programs and first responder funding are not cut to pay for Hurricane Sandy.
Please sign our petition telling House Republicans that federal disaster funding should not be held hostage in order to force spending cuts elsewhere.
Joan McCarter, Daily Kos
WHAT IS EVEN WORST--Mitt Romney would Privatize FEMA--AS IF--AS IF--AS IF--AS IF WE HAVE NEVER BEEN GOUGED BY BUSINESSES---HOW MANY TIMES DURING ONE DISASTER OR ANOTHER WHEN HOMES NEEDED TO BE BOARDED UP DID THE PRICE OF PLYWOOD SUDDENLY JUMP UP 2-3-4 TIMES THE PRICE???? DOES ANY ONE ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT IF FEMA BECOMES A PRIVATE COMPANY THAT THAT WOULD NOT HAPPEN???