Disaster Expert: Social Media Making Us Impatient For ReliefIn the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, one disaster expert said you can blame social media for the change in expectations on how quickly relief can actually come to those struck by disaster.
Opinion: Sandy Reminds Us Of The Need For FEMA And That Romney Would Shut It DownRomney was asked at a presidential debate whether FEMA should be shut down in light of the deficit. Romney replied that FEMA should "absolutely" be shut down. He was asked specifically if that included disaster relief. He replied that it was "immoral" to provide such relief in the face of "larger debts", emphasizing that "it makes no sense at all" to have such programs.
Opinion: As Hurricane Isaac Threatens The GOP Continues To PartyAs Hurricane Isaac threatens the Gulf again, we will see if Katrina and Isaac serve as bookends of GOP hostility to federal disaster relief. An odd stance for a party that claims to "choose life" while watching people die in natural disasters rather than provide an adequate response.
Durbin Confident FEMA Will Grant Relief For Tornado DamageU.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) said Wednesday he's confident that federal officials will reverse their denial of federal disaster relief funds to five tornado-ravaged counties in southern Illinois.
Roskam: Disaster Relief Funds Might Become Big Budget BattleDisaster relief aid for those impacted by Hurricane Irene and other spring and summer storms may be the next big budget battle in Congress.

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