Monday, September 26, 2011
Well, it happened !! How about one that actually helps FEMA, even though it is short term. At least it's better than nothing. The Senate passed a short-term spending measure on Monday night. I guess you would consider it progress. When will either party learn that passing short term bills only makes the issue re-appear again and again. When will these politicians put their money where there mouths are and really put a package together that will be long term. The main issue this time. Democrats and Republicans were at an impasse over a GOP demand to cut spending elsewhere to offset any increased disaster relief funding in the current fiscal year. Reid and other Senate Democrats depicted the agreement as a victory over House Republicans who they said had needlessly held up the disaster relief funding by demanding unprecedented spending offsets for emergency aid.
"It is hard to see how the House Republicans could reject this proposal," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, noting the strong bipartisan vote in the Senate. So yes, the bill now see-saws back to the Senate, where it most likely will pass. So it actually happened. The U.S. Congress didn't wait until the last day to get a bill together that most will agree on. The only downfall here is that it is just temporary, very temporary at that. Now the Fema funding should last through the rest of the current fiscal year.