Cochran wants White House to support federal disaster law changes
by MBJ Staff
Published: December 10,2012
Tags: disaster, disaster assistance, disaster preparedness, emergency, executive, federal, government, hurricane, law, lawmaker, legislation, legislative, natural disaster, severe weather, storm, tropical, Weather
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is asking Obama administration officials to support changing federal disaster laws that draw out recovery work following major disasters.
Cochran serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that conducted a hearing on Hurricane Sandy response and recovery issues. The hearing occurred as congressional appropriations panels await the administration’s request for supplemental funding to support Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in the Northeast.
“The consequences of storms like Katrina and Sandy are overwhelming for the survivors,” Cochran said. “These things sometimes are not ended very quickly. Hurricane Katrina still hangs over us. I think that with Hurricane Sandy, there are opportunities to reexamine how the federal government addresses disaster recovery and to address adequate supplemental funding.”
Cochran pointed to the Disaster Recovery Act (S.1630), which he cosponsored with Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), to use lessons from Katrina recovery work to improve federal disaster response and recovery activities. He credited the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for working to assist disaster areas, but questioned some of the legal limitations that result in inefficiency.
Cochran noted that FEMA today continues to try to resolve more than 2,700 FEMA Public Assistance cases related to Katrina recovery efforts in Mississippi and thousands more in Louisiana.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- A BIG CHANGE: New mortgage rules seen bringing increase in pricey mobile home loans
- Analyst: KiOR Columbus plant may end up sold as scrap
- Warden who lives hundreds of miles from jail resigns
- Jail kitchen supervisor pleads guilty to stealing food
- (UPDATE) Gov. Bryant: $1.2 billion aluminum plant is a very exciting proposition for the state of Mississippi
- Nehi Bottling Company has been a Cleveland fixture for 85 years
- WILLOUGHBY: Bernie Reed cites hard work as key to success of Reed’s Metals
- DAVID DALLAS: Savor this Thanksgiving and be grateful
- Hunting-weapons legislation passes House