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Irene recovery could turn into a political battle ground
Written by Mike Raley/David Horn   
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 10:20

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Washington politicians are bickered over how to pay for Hurricane Irene relief. The same budget arguments that nearly brought the first government default in history now raise questions about whether FEMA will have enough money to deal with Irene's aftermath and North Carolina Congressman David Price thinks that is wrong.

"We need to make sure this doesn't get caught up in budget politics.  There does appear to be some danger of that. We have a budget process for such emergencies as this to designate the funding and get it out immediately and some of the things the Republican leadership of the House has said in recent days make me think they're going to hold back," said Price.

FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund has less than $800 million remaining, and given the pace of operations in the wake of Irene, funds could run out before the end of the current fiscal year on September 30.  FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate appeared on the CBS Early Show Wednesday and said that despite the talk in Washington about FEMA funding, his agency has enough money on hand to do its job properly.

 
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