After recent disasters, the White House says FEMA needs more money
The White House is asking Congress for an additional $4 billion in emergency funding to help cover the costs of recent natural disasters in Hawaii, Florida and other parts of the country.
Last month, the White House told Congress the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief fund needed $12 billion. But on Friday, the White House said that wasn't going to be enough, and increased the request to a total of $16 billion, citing the fires on Maui and in Louisiana, flooding in Vermont and Hurricane Idalia slamming into Florida.
"We know that every American expects FEMA to be there if they are experiencing a disaster," Liz Sherwood-Randall, President Biden's homeland security adviser, told reporters on Thursday.
"We want to make sure that we can fund that support that these communities will need," she said.
Congress is slated to return from recess next week.
The request for FEMA funding is part of a larger emergency funding request, now totaling $44 billion — money the Biden administration says it needs above and beyond what Congress has already approved to spend to address critical challenges.
That request includes $24 billion for costs related to the war in Ukraine and $4 billion for costs related to migrants and the southern border.
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