Senate Breaks Disaster Funding Deadlock

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal lawmakers reached an agreement last night to break a deadlock over disaster relief funding and avoid a potential government shutdown.

The Senate approved a compromise 79-12 that provides less money for disaster relief than Democrats wanted, but avoids cuts to a loan program intended to promote the production of energy-efficient vehicles that Republicans had called for.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency paved the way for the agreement when it said that it had enough money to make it through this week, which ends the current fiscal year. The Senate agreement, which the House is expected to ratify, will authorize funding that will allow the government to run until Nov. 18.

“Tonight, we rejected the idea that we should be forced to choose between American jobs and disaster relief, and forged an agreement that will provide suffering Americans from Missouri to Vermont the resources they need to piece their lives back together,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)


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1 comment for “Senate Breaks Disaster Funding Deadlock

  1. Scott Engage America
    September 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    The American way is to provide for those hurt by emergencies and natural disasters, not to tie disaster relief aid to deficit reduction. It is outrageous that with a $14 trillion-plus national debt, Congress was once again threatening to shut down the government over $1.6 billion in spending cuts, less than 1% of budget (http://eng.am/pbsfB3).

    Not to mention the fact that last time we nearly avoided a government shut down, we had our credit rating downgraded. And, now they seem to be trying to fund the government on a monthly basis. This dysfunction is not good for our economy or country.

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