With Montana facing record flooding, state and local officials are preparing for the possibility of more extensive assistance from FEMA. On June 1st, Governor Schweitzer requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration, which could clear the way for FEMA assistance in the state.
Here’s a quick update on where each member of Montana’s Congressional delegation stands on securing FEMA assistance to help deal with floods in Montana:
Jon Tester – Held a hearing yesterday where he asked FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, “Does the recently passed House Homeland Security appropriations bill even come close to providing what you need? In my understanding, it’s at least a billion dollars short.”
Fugate conceded that FEMA may have to ask for more funding.
Max Baucus – Convinced FEMA to include Huntley irrigation project in their disaster assessment, increasing the likelihood of federal assistance. Senator Baucus has also pushed for swift approval of a Presidential Disaster Declaration, to help clear the way for FEMA assistance in Montana.
Congressman Dennis Rehberg – Voted for a Department of Homeland Security bill last Thursday that gutted $1 billion for state and local FEMA grants [Roll Call Vote 409, 6/2/11]. Congressman Rehberg previously rebuffed attempts to restore FEMA resources to previous year levels. On the subject of federal assistance for the flood disaster Congressman Rehberg said, “Your first responder is your next door neighbor.”