Transcript: Hurricane Sandy press briefing Q&A on potential future cuts to FEMA’s budget

Transcript: Hurricane Sandy press briefing Q&A on potential future cuts to FEMA’s budget on Oct. 30, 2012:

Question:
What are the current federal spending level for FEMA disaster relief? Are there any concerns that the future administration might cut it?

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate:
I deal with the real world that I’m in with this – not the future world. So I got the resources that FEMA needs to respond.

The DRF [Disaster Relief Fund] based upon what we had carried over from the last year and the initial continuing resolution – cash on hand, our ability to respond to both existing disasters and new disasters, was $3.6 billion. In addition to that, Congress had appropriated the funds for the year for the DRFs. That’s not a limiting factor.

We will assess what the impacts of this storm are and determine if additional funding may be needed in the future.

But as it is, what was budgeted for this fiscal year and the funds that carried over from last fiscal year are going to provide all of the funds we need for the response and as well as for the continuing recovery from all of our previous open disasters.

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