After President Obama shrugged off BFF Gov. Martin O’Malley’s request for individual federal relief funds for Maryland residents thrashed by Hurricane Sandy (and then backpedaled, to some degree), Sen. Barb Mikulski and others drafted a $60 billion emergency spending bill to further assist all states hit by the storm.
Not only that, but the bill contains language that could theoretically alter the FEMA (which originally advised Obama to withhold funds from Maryland’s Eastern Shore residents) makes its aid determinations — namely, that it give “greater weight” the economic situation of the people affected by disaster.
The way FEMA currently formulates its recommendations is not entirely clear, but economic measures already play a role. So, if it were to pass, what FEMA would have to do to abide by the injunction is unknown.
Oh, it’s a feisty, “controversial” bill, and it’s getting debated right now!