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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-16-06 10:53 PM
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Lott files FEMA bill (get out of Homeland Security)
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Edited on Thu Feb-16-06 10:55 PM by uppityperson
http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/13890742.htm
By ADINA POSTELNICU
SUN HERALD WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi proposed legislation today that would establish the Federal Emergency Management Agency as an independent, cabinet-level agency reporting directly to the President.

Lott's bill, called the Federal Emergency Management Improvement Act of 2006, would make FEMA a lead agency for the Federal Response Plan.

"I questioned the wisdom of placing FEMA" within the Homeland Security Department "anticipating all the red tape and decision-making paralysis that would result", Lott said, explaining one main reason for his initiative.

"Within hours of Katrina, my worst fears were realized, and even today, the impact of that decision is hurting our relief effort in Mississippi. Thousands of Mississippians remain without trailers and other support that should have been channeled through FEMA," Lott added.



Edited to add, now to do something about the person FEMA would report to.

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