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December 18, 2013

Kerry announces additional aid for those displaced by Typhoon Haiyan

  • $25M worth of additional humanitarian aid has been authorized by the U.S government, for residents of the Philippines who were displaced by typhoon Haiyan late last month. Nearly 100,000 of the roughly 4 million initially displaced by the storm remain in emergency shelters at this time. source
14:38 // 9 months ago
January 15, 2013

Sandy relief bill headed to the Senate following House approval

  • $50B in Sandy relief funding was approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, roughly two weeks after House Republicans shocked the nation by adjourning the 112th Congress without bringing a vote on any sort of disaster relief bill. Early reports suggest that most of the Sandy relief bill’s opposition actually came from House Democrats Tuesday morning, with a combined total of 52 members from both parties voting against the legislation. source
16:23 // 1 year ago
January 8, 2013

We don’t really have a whole lot to say about this one. Jon Stewart hit the nail on the head this time. source

16:17 // 1 year ago
January 2, 2013
I’m saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their minds, because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans. It was an absolute disgrace.
Republican Rep. Peter King • Condemning House Republicans for refusing to vote on a post-Sandy disaster relief bill that was approved by the Senate last week. The bill would have allocated roughly $60.4 billion in disaster relief funding for the areas in New York and New Jersey that were devastated by Sandy last year. House Republicans have responded to the criticism with assurances that a vote is coming in the 113th Congress, and a denial that there is any immediate need for such funding. source
14:44 // 1 year ago
October 31, 2012
I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters. As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to the first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need, because states and localities are in the best position to get aid to the individuals and communities affected by natural disasters.
Mitt Romney • In a statement released by his campaign on Wednesday, pushing back against claims that he would eliminate the Federal Emergency Management Agency should he win the presidency next week. Romney has been put on the defensive recently, thanks to comments he made regarding the agency’s future should he become President during a debate last June. “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction,” Romney told debate moderator John King, adding, “And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.”

— Scott @ ShortFormBlog (via election)

(via gov)

13:12 // 1 year ago
March 15, 2011
14:39 // 3 years ago
March 14, 2011

Donations flood in for Japan’s earthquake relief effort

  • $7.75
    million
    the amount donated to the Red Cross specifically for the Japan quake
  • $1.1
    million
    the amount donated to the Red Cross via text messaging alone source
15:00 // 3 years ago