Hurricane Irene Set to Bleed FEMA, Inflame Budget Scrap in Congress

Shortly after Hurricane Irene blows through Washington, Congress will blow back into town and start fighting about how to pay for the storm and all the other disasters that have struck the U.S. this year.

If the hurricane is truly historic, as President Obama has warned, an emergency disaster appropriations bill would be necessary in September to get the government through to the beginning of fiscal 2012 on Oct. 1, aides said.

The problem with this is that Democrats and Republicans disagree on whether emergency appropriations need to be offset by other cuts to spending.

Even if the government can make it to Oct. 1 without a special disaster bill, the offset fight could linger as vastly different House and Senate 2012 Homeland Security spending bills are hashed out.

If Irene and other disasters are not offset in the 2012 bill, the cost would end up wiping out the amount of budget savings the GOP was able to get in the debt ceiling deal. This is because of a little-known provision in the debt ceiling deal that allows new spending caps to be raised.

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15 comments on “Hurricane Irene Set to Bleed FEMA, Inflame Budget Scrap in Congress
  1. dingbat36 says:

    FEMA…………..Federal Emergency "Manufacturing" Administration. Get rid of this agency too!! If the States could keep the money that the IRS rips out of our wallets to pay for these useless, overstaffed, over-funded inefficient bureaucracies, we'd be way ahead of the game!!

  2. Diane says:

    How true you have nailed it with your comment!! (dingbat). So much waste

  3. RobinPC says:

    If Obama had not given away billions to countries that hate our guts (Muslim lands – you know the ones that take the money in the left hand while screaming death to the USA and burning our flag in the other hand) there would be more than enough of OUR money to help OUR people.

  4. ex yank says:

    i have a great idea on where to find the money to pay for irene, get wall st & all the crooked bankers to give all the money back that they stole from the tax payers, plus interest of course. then chuck them in jail. better yet, put them on a chain gang & they can clean up the mess left behind.

    • BridgetB says:

      Great Idea! Also the fema emplyes won't get anything done. The longer they can drag this out ,the longer they can get a paycheck..

  5. Rich says:

    I hope Irene drains that system dry ! They need to go bankrupt !!!

  6. SEAN MURRY says:

    This agentcy needs to be defunded.

  7. samtman says:

    This is just the beginning of Global warming, TParty congress for the rich, has no compassion for the millions of people hurt by the storm, its always to expensive for the rich to help his fellow contryman, its not Christian like anymore to be charitable, it sounds to much like secular humanism.

  8. armyvet says:

    This hurricane will give Obummer another thing to blame as to why his policies are not working to better the economy! We have heard a whole litany of finger pointing reasons so far already, begining with it being Bush's fault!

  9. AdrianVance says:

    Have you noticed that every bureau asks for more money every time they have to perform their legally constituted functions? What the devil do they do all the rest of the time.

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  10. grossyi says:

    WOLF!!! No more.

  11. John Kramer says:

    It is time to eliminate FEMA.

  12. Patty says:

    Yeah, I agree.

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