They ignore the fact that President Barack Obama's proposal for the upcoming budget sequester would cut nearly $900 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including disaster relief, food and shelter, and flood management at both the federal and state levels.
As Bob Woodward notes in his definitive account of the debt ceiling negotiations, such a bargain was within reach in July 2011, before President Obama destroyed it.
Obama's proposed cuts to FEMA include the following (emphasis added):
Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program - $8 million
State and Local Emergency Programs (non-defense) - $183 million
State and Local Emergency Programs (defense) - $5 million
United States Fire Administration and Training - $4 million
Salaries and Expenses (non-defense) - $75 million
Salaries and Expenses (defense) - $7 million
Disaster Relief - $580 million
Emergency Food and Shelter - $10 million
Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program - $3 million
National Pre-disaster Mitigation Fund - $3 million
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