Senate approves disaster aid

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Senate approves disaster aid

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 7:23am -- intern

Yesterday, Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders issued a statement following the Senate’s decision to not cut funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies that provide federal disaster assistance. The two Senators were very vocal about securing emergency funds for states in need, such as Vermont, while not allowing setbacks in other government programs to do so.
The statement read, ‘We fought to ensure that the agreement maintains disaster funding without forcing cuts in other needed programs. We will continue to work with Congressman Welch and Governor Shumlin to make certain that Vermonters get all the help they need and deserve.’
The Senate approved the bill 79-12 before being sent to the House to get signed off. The measure was seen as a victory for Vermont and all states receiving federal disaster assistance.
‘While much remains to be done to rebuild Vermont, the Senate found a solution that keeps emergency disaster assistance flowing to Vermont and other states.’