Bipartisan Panel to Help with FEMA Funding
MARINO CO-CHAIRS COALITION TO HEL P HURRICANE, FLOOD VICTIMS
WASHINGTON (Sept. 8, 2011) – U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, will serve as co-chairman of a bi-partisan House coalition aimed at ensuring the Federal Emergency Management Agency has the resources to support recovery efforts in the wake of recent natural disasters.
The Hurricane Irene Coalition was formed Thursday morning after a meeting of House members whose districts were devastated by Hurricane Irene. The coalition’s scope is being extended to include the communities ravaged by this week’s flooding.
Marino, of Lycoming Township, and more than 30 other members of Congress met with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, and White House staff. Fugate briefed the group on the scope of the storm and the ongoing recovery efforts.
The coalition’s goal is twofold: It will work to ensure FEMA has the resources it needs to support the recovery effort; and it will serve as a resource for members to support recovery efforts in their districts as they work with FEMA and other federal agencies.
“I am encouraged by the formation of this coalition because the devastation that has been wrought on our constituents has nothing to do with political affiliation,” Marino said. “Helping these hard-working Americans get back on track and restoring our roads, bridges and public buildings is not an issue that can be categorized as conservative or liberal.”
The meeting was held as portions of Pennsylvania, including several counties in the 10th District, were being hammered by a late-summer rainfall that flooded homes and roadways and forced the evacuation of thousands of people.
Immediately after the meeting, Marino left Washington and headed to his home district where he is expected to spend the next few days visiting the flood-ravaged municipalities. He and his staff have been in contact with emergency management officials in the affected counties.
“I am an advocate of a smaller federal government, for sure, but there are some roles that Washington is obligated to fill,” Marino said. “Making sure that we lift people and local government out of the ruins caused by natural disasters is one of them.”
Marino said his top priority is to reunite families in a “clean, safe housing by securing federal and state funding immediately.”