Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Battle Over Disaster Aid Brewing in Congress

The budget and deficit battles in Washington affect government disaster relief.  With all previous disasters this year, FEMA's disaster coffers have been depleted.  To provide federal disaster relief to those who have suffered harm from Hurricane Irene, Congress may have to replenish the disaster funds.  Will they?  How should government respond to natural disasters?  Is federal funding an entitlement?  This article discusses many of these issues.  Should disaster payments for Irene be offset by additional budget cuts?  What do you think?  Comment on this post.

How government responds to disasters of all kinds is the subject of the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's year-long Disaster Initiative.  The upcoming Teleconference Series (September 6 - 19) will include many government speakers who will discuss government's response to disasters.  To register, click here.  Disaster Initiative programs in Seattle on October 13, 2011, New Orleans on February 3, 2012, Charlotte on May 17, 2012, and Chicago on August 2, 2012, will all have speakers from government discussing disaster preparedness and response from myriad perpectives.  Click here to learn more about TIPS' Disaster Initiative and to register for these programs.

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