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house Bill H.R. 1214

Should FEMA Disaster Recovery Grants be Available for More Small Projects?

Argument in favor

FEMA should increase the threshold that applies to small disaster recovery projects from $123,000 to $500,000 in order to help even more local communities that need assistance to rebuild following a disaster.

Janis's Opinion
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03/27/2017
Yes. Especially since the EPA is being cut and Washington does not believe in global warming. Funds will be needed to help with all the damage this will cause.
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Bethd's Opinion
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03/27/2017
This administration is doing more to hurt our earth than any other before it! There will be more and more need for FEMA especially with polluting Pruitt at the helm of the EPA
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Wayne's Opinion
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03/27/2017
to prevent natural disasters, we need to aggressively address global warming with a carbon emissions tax and with a bold green infrastructure plan (smart grid, car charging stations, subsidies for solar, wind, etc)
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Argument opposed

The threshold that FEMA is currently using for its small disaster recovery grants — $123,000 — is enough to cover the majority of projects requesting funding and small communities can pursue funding elsewhere if needed.

Cinerina's Opinion
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03/27/2017
Congress! Do your job and protect the clean air and water acts and environmental protections to reduce climate related catastrophes in the first place and also let FEMA decide how their funding should be meted out.
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03/27/2017
Wait, so because of an issue with the Sponsor's District misuse of FEMA funds he's wanting to change the law? How about localities stop using FEMA money for purposes other than intended! On first glance this seems like a good idea, but there is no evidence given for why it's needed and while the cost says it's $500,000 to make the change it seems this will just allow larger amounts to be used for improper purposes since they would fall under the threshold. More government transparency might lessen the need for these restrictions in the first place.
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Nan's Opinion
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03/27/2017
I am skeptical about republicans wanting to increase funding for something they have repeatedly voted against when disasters have happened. I would need more information about why they want the cap lowered.
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    Yes. Especially since the EPA is being cut and Washington does not believe in global warming. Funds will be needed to help with all the damage this will cause.
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    Congress! Do your job and protect the clean air and water acts and environmental protections to reduce climate related catastrophes in the first place and also let FEMA decide how their funding should be meted out.
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    CEASE AND DESIST IMMEDIATELY FROM ANY AND ALL CONGRESSIONAL BUSINESS UNTIL YOU HAVE THE RESULTS FROM AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION WITH AN INDEPENDENT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR THAT YOU APPOINT TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE TRUMP HIS CABINET AND ANY CONGRESS PEOPLE FOR ANY CRIMINAL OR TREASONOUS TIES TO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN OUR GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    This administration is doing more to hurt our earth than any other before it! There will be more and more need for FEMA especially with polluting Pruitt at the helm of the EPA
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    to prevent natural disasters, we need to aggressively address global warming with a carbon emissions tax and with a bold green infrastructure plan (smart grid, car charging stations, subsidies for solar, wind, etc)
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    Wait, so because of an issue with the Sponsor's District misuse of FEMA funds he's wanting to change the law? How about localities stop using FEMA money for purposes other than intended! On first glance this seems like a good idea, but there is no evidence given for why it's needed and while the cost says it's $500,000 to make the change it seems this will just allow larger amounts to be used for improper purposes since they would fall under the threshold. More government transparency might lessen the need for these restrictions in the first place.
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    I am skeptical about republicans wanting to increase funding for something they have repeatedly voted against when disasters have happened. I would need more information about why they want the cap lowered.
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    FEMA is a better use of my tax dollars than so much other nonsense (massive "defense" budget, maralago, etc). Get it together!
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    I'm for getting relief to people more easily and reducing red tape bureaucracy.
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    We need to get the crook of a president out of office first.
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    Just the other day, I read about how we are yet again approaching the debt ceiling, so why are is congress considering increasing our spending instead of cutting back? If you want to help with "small" disasters, how about we avoid a major disaster by not devaluing our currency further?
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    Where will the Federal Government money trough end? Have you ever noticed that pigs are always seeking food. Obviously, the Flint MI lead water catastrophe was a self-induced man make disaster. To save money, the Democrat controlled city made a decision to switch its water supply which effected older utility pipes. My call? Buck up Flint, raise taxes. Your fault. Oh my, you can't raise taxes, then seek county or state aid. Did you forget, they are also broke? My call is a Federal loan. Free has become a nasty word with taxpayers. We have FEMA for national disasters. Didn't Flint have insurance? Addendum: Flint, Michigan, will replace its crumbling pipes by 2020 to settle a lawsuit over its lead-contaminated water crisis. Under a settlement agreement filed in federal court Monday, the city will conduct the sweeping infrastructure project using state and federal funds. They've agreed to dig up services lines at 18,000 homes and replace lines made of lead and galvanized steel.
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    This is pork legislation. Instead of throwing money at the problem, how about you fix the appropriations process? Isn't this what conservatives hate?
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    Given the increasing frequency & severity of natural disasters brought on by climate change (yes! Sen Rubio. You may not like reality but it will bite you in the ass anyway!), FEMA needs maximum flexibility to address the growing needs of communities. The million acre wildfire in the Midwest recently destroyed land, lives and businesses. Since our idiot president & idiot legislators have decided that denial is a better stance than addressing the issue, FEMA must be constantly ready to rescue citizens whose elected government has decided they are expendable!
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    Making needed disaster funds available seems like a good idea.
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    This is a State issue The Federal government need to get out of the hole first before spending more money besides the State can do it better less pork vote NO!!!
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    The money has to come from somewhere if it is saved up and spent accordingly and conservatively then great. We are gambling lives when we don't have a effective budget, plan, or organization. Most of the time we can plan for a disaster or at least save up for one.
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    No that is what insurance is there for or private donation.
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    As someone who used to live in a floodplain, I can attest to how valuable this assistance can be. On that note - it would be great if FEMA was more proactive in floodplain management by providing communities with help in reducing flood risk with elevation assistance. This would save costs and mitigate flood risk, something I think a lot of us are going to be dealing with in the future.
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    The first order of business should be the cleanup of the disaster we currently have in Washington, DC.
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