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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

    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 Bill: Wasteful Spending Not Helpful

    On Tuesday, President Obama signed into law a $50 billion recovery package for states hit by Hurricane Sandy. Much of the proposed spending in the law, however, is simply wasteful and will not go toward helping the immediate victims. This is unacceptable at a time when the U.S. is running … More

    DHS: Five Steps to Self-Improvement

    Amid a slew of resignations from the Obama Administration, Janet Napolitano recently announced that she will be remaining in her post as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for President Obama’s second term. The news shouldn’t have come as a surprise to many, as Napolitano had long been … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief: Washington's Latest Spending Spree (VIDEO)

    The U.S. House returns Tuesday to consider the latest installment of Hurricane Sandy disaster aid. The $17 billion base bill (H.R. 152) could grow by an extra $33 billion of pork-laden spending — without offsets. Heritage’s Patrick Louis Knudsen outlined what’s at stake with the spending package this morning. The Senate’s version of the … More

    Calif. Town Asks FEMA to Pay for New Chairs, Computers, Microwave

    A California town spent tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds on miscellaneous office expenses and is attempting to bill the federal government for the costs, according to a federal watchdog’s report. In the wake of a damaging flood, the town of San Anselmo spent taxpayer funds ostensibly marked … More

    Morning Bell: Uproar Over Bloated Sandy Aid Package

    Leaders from New Jersey and New York blew up yesterday after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) postponed a vote on an aid package related to Hurricane Sandy. But the bill is so loaded with pork projects that these officials should consider directing their anger at the Obama Administration, which is … 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