Financial and Political Challenges for FEMA
In the wake of Hurricane Irene, Northeasterners are dealing with record floods. Hundreds of thousands of people are still without power. And throughout the region, at least 45 people have died. Hurricane Irene's impact will be felt for months and years to come. And it has also put the Federal Emergency Management Agency back in the spotlight. Representative Ron Paul renewed demands for the agency to shut down. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called for any future FEMA funding to be offset by spending cuts. A look at the fiscal and political challenges facing FEMA.
author of The Federal Eye blog and federal government reporter for The Washington Post.
senior fellow at the Cato Institute
former chief of staff, FEMA
Independent U. S. senator from Vermont