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Senate Votes to Replace FEMA

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

(SNN Washington) The Senate voted 87-11 yesterday to dismantle FEMA and replace it with an identical agency with a different name.

The new agency is to be called the "Emergency Management Authority". By calling the agency and "authority" it is hoped that people will think that it has some authority if there is an emergency to do some form of management. However, the agency will have very little authority to do this.

However, the House is considering legislation that would not rename FEMA, but move it outside of Homeland Security where it might actually have a chance of being useful. Giving FEMA the resources to do its job is typical of the short sighted logic that is used in the House.

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