Budget Hearing - Federal Emergency Management Agency: Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, April 23, 2015 [open pdf - 257KB]
This is the April 23, 2015 hearing entitled "Budget Hearing - Federal Emergency Management Agency," held before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman John Carter: "In 2014, FEMA responded to 45 major disaster declarations. This number is down from 62 in 2013 and the high-water mark of 99 in 2011. However, there is also a significant amount of recovery and mitigation work that continues from past disasters, including Hurricane Sandy. Your FY16 budget request is $390 million above FY15. Despite a large unspent balance, $340 million of the requested increase is for the disaster relief fund. I look forward to discussing whether the increase is appropriate given the recent decrease in major disasters and the substantial carryover balance from previous years. Your budget request also includes significant increases related to climate change initiatives, such as a Climate Resilience Task Force and the requiring climate change to be considered when developing pre-disaster mitigation plans. In a shrinking budget environment, I would like to hear more about how these initiatives meet the FEMA mission." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: W. Craig Fugate.
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