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    President Obama’s Budget Shows the Need for FEMA Reform

    In President Obama’s newly released budget request, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) receives a $941.5 million increase, largely driven by an $812 million increase to the Disaster Relief Fund. While responding to major disasters is an important government responsibility, regrettably, FEMA is responding not just to major catastrophes but … More

    Enhanced Military Cooperation: U.S. and Philippines Should Seize the Day

    According to press reports, the U.S. and the Philippines have floated the possibility of building joint storage facilities for U.S. humanitarian and disaster relief equipment on Filipino territory. Military cooperation between the two nations is already strong, but greater U.S. presence in the region would help the Philippines counter an … More

    Tornado Victims Get Help from Faith-Based Charities and Churches

    In the midst of the tragedy that ravaged Oklahoma earlier this week, there are also stories of Good Samaritans—particularly local churches and charities—that have displayed the best of the spirit and power of civil society to help those in need. “In the briefings today it was apparent there’s FEMA and … More

    Prayers and Assistance for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

    Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the Oklahoma tornado yesterday. The tornado, which touched down at 2:56 p.m. yesterday outside Oklahoma City, left massive destruction in its wake and took the lives of at least 24 people. On average, over a thousand tornadoes strike throughout the U.S. … More

    Federal Disaster Relief Spending Out of Control

    The world’s second-largest reinsurer, Swiss Re, reports “that natural catastrophes and man-made disasters cost the insurance industry $77 billion in 2012.” The report noted this figure covered “more than 300 catastrophes and disasters caus[ing] the loss of 14,000 lives and $186 billion.” These disasters included many of the 112 events … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief: An Early Opportunity for Budgeting

    A good test of whether the 113th Congress is likely to take budgeting seriously will come early this week, when the House considers the remainder of its Hurricane Sandy relief legislation. House conservatives are proposing several amendments that would cut enough spending to offset the $17 billion base bill (H.R. … More

    Economic Development and Disaster Relief Inhibited by the Jones Act

    If the Jones Act was created to mitigate disasters at sea, why has it been waived during such disasters? Such a question was posed in a recent Bloomberg article. The answer is that, rather than supporting wartime goals or sustaining national security, the Jones Act now serves primarily as a … More

    Fuzzy Numbers Drive Obama Hurricane Sandy Request

    According to the Financial Times, the insurance industry estimates the total bill for insurers from Hurricane Sandy will be between $20 billion and $25 billion. President Barack Obama’s emergency request for Hurricane Sandy totals $60.4 billion. One must naturally wonder how the damages not covered by insurance could be roughly … More

    Amendment Cuts Pork from Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

    An example of fiscal responsibility turned up yesterday in an unexpected place: the U.S. Senate. Senator Dan Coats (R–IN) offered an amendment to President Obama’s $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill that would be far less costly and much better focused on the storm’s victims. Maybe common sense in budgeting … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief: Billions Spent on Transportation

    Transportation agencies and programs including the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Amtrak, and other transit stand to benefit handsomely from the Senate’s $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy spending bill, which it will consider this week. Though cast as disaster relief, much of the bill’s spending would not reach … More