White House Submits Disaster Aid Request

The White House has asked Congress for $500 million in immediate disaster aid to avoid a cut-off of help for victims of Hurricane Irene and other disasters.

The money is part of a total request of $5.1 billion to refill the disaster relief fund of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has been allowed to become so depleted that the administration has been forced to put rebuilding projects on hold in order to direct aid to victims of Irene.

But the flooding and other damage wrought by Irene and Tropical Storm Lee is tapping out the fund, and White House budget director
Jacob Lew says the $500 million is needed to address the possibility that disaster funds might run out before the budget year ends on Sept. 30.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


WHSV.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WHSV-TV3
50 North Main Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-9191 - Switchboard 540-433- 4028 - Fax 540-433-2700 - News Fax

WSVF Public Inspection File

Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 129557723 - whsv.com/a?a=129557723