Federal Emergency Management Agency

Americans swamped, angered by flood insurance changes

Just a year after Congress imposed significant changes in the government’s oft-criticized flood insurance program, howls of protest from homeowners facing higher premiums have coastal lawmakers pressing for delays that would preserve below-cost rates for hundreds of thousands of people in flood-risk areas. The government can’t say how many people could confront higher premiums, but […]

Republicans discover small government is not always better

Republicans discover small government is not always better

One major principle of Barack Obama’s presidency that his foes love to hate — that government, when it works right, can be best-equipped to aid and protect Americans — is finding fresh currency among some Republicans. Their doctrine that smaller government is better government is being tested by pressing needs in storm-battered states, security threats […]

Texas plant explosion levels homes, kills up to 15

A fiery explosion tore through a fertilizer plant and leveled dozens of homes in a small Texas town late on Wednesday, killing as many as 15 people, injuring more than 160 others and spewing toxic fumes that forced the evacuation of half the community, authorities said. Police initially estimated that between five and 15 people […]

A New Orleans political brawl over cops and jail

A New Orleans political brawl over cops and jail

A political brawl has broken out between the mayor and a sheriff who runs the city jail, which has come under scrutiny for a video showing inmates using drugs, drinking beer and handling a gun. Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked a judge last Tuesday to take the extraordinary step of placing the jail under federal oversight, […]

Obama set to sign Superstorm Sandy aid bill

Obama set to sign Superstorm Sandy aid bill

President Barack Obama said he’ll sign a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy victims as soon as it lands on his desk. Three months after Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Obama chided lawmakers for taking their time to approve the funding even as he commended them for providing the […]

House approves $50.7 billion for superstorm aid

House approves $50.7 billion for superstorm aid

More than 10 weeks after Superstorm Sandy brutalized parts of the heavily populated Northeast, the House approved $50.7 billion in emergency relief for the victims Tuesday night as Republican leaders struggled to close out an episode that exposed painful party divisions inside Congress and out. The vote was 241-180, and officials said the Senate was […]

Critics say too much Hurricane Sandy aid tied to other projects

Critics say too much Hurricane Sandy aid tied to other projects

Conservatives and watchdog groups are mounting a “not-so-fast” campaign against a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this coming week. Their complaint is that lots of the money that lawmakers are considering will actually go toward recovery efforts for past disasters and other projects […]

John Boehner, under fire for delaying relief action, sets vote for Friday

John Boehner, under fire for delaying relief action, sets vote for Friday

The House is headed for a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims after House Speaker John Boehner mollified Republicans from New York and New Jersey upset with his decision to cancel action on the bill. Facing intense pressure, Boehner agreed Wednesday to schedule a vote Friday on $9 billion for the national flood insurance […]

Election: Another headache for storm-ravaged Northeast

Election: Another headache for storm-ravaged Northeast

Already faced with a massive cleanup and nightmarish commutes to work, thousands of voters in storm-struck New York and New Jersey may have a tough time voting on Tuesday in a cliffhanger presidential election. Elections officials face unprecedented challenges across the U.S. Northeast, where polling stations were among the thousands of buildings damaged by superstorm […]

Ron Paul to tornado victims: Get insurance, not federal aid

Ron Paul to tornado victims: Get insurance, not federal aid

Libertarian Texas Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul Sunday said victims of tornadoes that spread death and destruction across the  South and Midwest don’t deserve federal aid. Said Paul on CNN’s State of the Union: There is no such thing as federal money.  Federal money is just what they seal from the state sand steal […]