W.H. on FEMA: ‘Disaster Relief’ Will Be ‘Well Funded,’ But We’ll Still Make ‘Responsible’ Cuts

‘You’ll see not just a request for a cut in money but some additional details that allow the states to responsibly develop a glide path to get off of those grants and their dependence on them’

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BOSSERT: "The core operating function at FEMA is going to be well funded under the President's proposal. The disaster relief fund, which really provides the money for these events that you don’t plan for, but that you prepare for, those things will be all well-funded through that disaster relief fund. But what you will see are responsible proposals in the President’s budget for reduction in some homeland security grants. Those grants, I was around for their creation, those grants were never meant to be permanent and what we need to do is reduce state and local dependency on some of that federal money, but we need to do it in a responsible way. It's a little wonky, but you’ll see not just a request for a cut in the budget the President puts forward, but you'll see some additional details that allow the states to responsibly develop a glide path to get off of those grants and their dependence on them over a period of 4, 5 years or so."

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