U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says coastal New England states are getting $32.8 million in disaster relief funding for communities that have suffered severe economic losses due to declining fish populations.
Romney was asked at a presidential debate whether FEMA should be shut down in light of the deficit. Romney replied that FEMA should “absolutely” be shut down. He was asked specifically if that included disaster relief. He replied that it was “immoral” to provide such relief in the face of “larger debts”, emphasizing that “it makes no sense at all” to have such programs.
As Hurricane Isaac threatens the Gulf again, we will see if Katrina and Isaac serve as bookends of GOP hostility to federal disaster relief. An odd stance for a party that claims to “choose life” while watching people die in natural disasters rather than provide an adequate response.
Monday is the last day for New Hampshire residents to register for disaster assistance after getting hit the remnants of Hurricane Irene.