Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Grunting And Swilling At The Trough
For those who don't know, the Stafford Act requires the federal government to fund three-quarters of the "eligible costs", so regardless of political grandstanding, the US is required to spend a lot under current law. The question is whether we will cut spending in other areas to try to minimize the impact. If you aren't familiar with the Porkbusters project, it is explained here.
I promise I will try to get off my fat piggy butt this weekend and do some GA research. I am sure we've got some fatback lying around.
In order to exceed the $5,000,000 limit, the President is required to report to Congress. In this case, Congress should obviously have a big say:
# In general
Except as provided in paragraph (2), total assistance provided under this title [42 U.S.C. §§ 5191 et seq.] for a single emergency shall not exceed $5,000,000.
# Additional assistance
The limitation described in paragraph (1) may be exceeded when the President determines that--
1. continued emergency assistance is immediately required;
2. there is a continuing and immediate risk to lives, property, public health or safety; and
3. necessary assistance will not otherwise be provided on a timely basis.
Whenever the limitation described in paragraph (1) is exceeded, the President shall report to the Congress on the nature and extent of emergency assistance requirements and shall propose additional legislation if necessary.