Cuts to FEMA Face Stormy Path in Congress

From Times Wire Reports

Republicans are divided over their plan to cut $389 million from the government's chief disaster response agency, even as Tropical Storm Allison finished tearing a path from Texas to New England.

Republicans included the Federal Emergency Management Agency cut in a bill providing $6.5 billion for the rest of fiscal 2001 for defense, education and other programs that the House Appropriations Committee approved last week. The full House plans to debate the measure Wednesday.

But with the Houston area alone suffering an estimated $2.1 billion in damage, lawmakers from stricken states have questioned the reduction.

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