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FEMA chief: Sandy fund should last until spring

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm •  Published: December 4, 2012
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Lawmakers from states hit by Sandy say they expect the fight for more money to last for months and that several emergency spending bills will probably be needed. They worry that Congress's willingness to provide aid will fade as time goes on.

Transportation panel members urged Fugate to find ways to cut government red tape to get aid quickly to as many people as possible. Fugate said FEMA boosted rental assistance in New York and New Jersey, the hardest hit states, by 125 percent.

But Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said while FEMA has issued millions of dollars for temporary housing, vacancies are hard to find and reimbursements are often too low for whatever is available.

New York lawmakers say that while FEMA may provide storm victims up to $31,900 to repair a home, that's often not enough to rebuild given high costs in a state like New York. Fugate said he's aware of the problem and wants to find a solution.