Financial and Political Challenges for FEMA

Financial and Political Challenges for FEMA

Hurricane Irene flooded communities, downed trees and stranded homeowners. As challenges for FEMA mount, some call for new limits on the agency’s role.

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.


Ed O'Keefe

author of The Federal Eye blog and federal government reporter for The Washington Post.

Dan Mitchell

senior fellow at the Cato Institute

Jane Bullock

former chief of staff, FEMA

Bernie Sanders

Independent U. S. senator from Vermont

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