The Defense Production Act is a critical, if seldom-used, tool for emergency response and should be reauthorized before it expires at the end of fiscal 2014, David Kaufman of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told a House panel May 8. FEMA's most recent use of the DPA was in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
U.S. counties had higher rates of terrorism in the past two decades if they had greater residential instability, language diversity, and population size, says a new report from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
The Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition, the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility project, and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund interviewed 57 American Muslims in New York City, including religious figures, youth, business owners, law enforcement officers and mosque-goers. Many of their mosques, businesses and student groups appeared in leaked NYPD documents about the surveillance, says a report the advocacy organizations published earlier this month.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg approved March 18 two bills limiting the city's cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee orders. Critics of Secure Communities, the ICE information sharing program that permits it to search for illegal aliens arrested by state and local authorities by matching fingerprints sent to the FBI against immigration databases, were quick to applaud the legislation.
Recovery from Hurricane Sandy damage is pivoting to permanent measures and away from emergency work such as debris cleanup and temporary repairs, said Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate before a March 13 House panel.
A bipartisan task force of state senators recently conducted tours and roundtables to view storm damage and hear from local officials and community members. The senators found doubt among business owners that enough federal loans would reach them and that their input would matter.The senators also say insurance checks are not reaching their constituents quickly enough.
Three months after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, a $50.7 billion federal aid package has become law. President Obama signed the legislation Jan. 29 after the Senate approved it the day before, by a vote of 62-36. The House passed the bill Jan. 15, and the Senate did not amend it.
The House approved $50.7 billion in aid to the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy on Jan. 15. Along with the $9.7 billion in aid President Obama signed into law Jan. 6, the bill, if it becomes law, will bring the total aid to precisely the $60.4 billion Obama proposed in December .
Congress approved $9.7 billion in aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy Jan. 4, with President Obama signing the measure into law Jan. 6 despite the amount totaling well less than the $60.4 billion the Obama administration had asked for. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) have said that on Jan. 15, the House will consider further aid.
President Obama will ask Congress to chip in $50 billion in emergency aid to help states recover from Hurricane Sandy, The New York Times and others reported Dec. 5. That falls short of what the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut last week said they need in sum.