WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, issues this statement after meeting today with W. Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), on Capitol Hill:
"I met this morning with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, along with Congressman Meehan and about 40 other House colleagues from Pennsylvania and five other affected states, for a briefing on FEMA's response – and its urgent needs – following Hurricane Irene and additional storms. I spoke with the Administrator about the severe flooding and infrastructure damage in Philadelphia from the overnight downpour that has hit our saturated watershed, and he is well aware of that situation.
"FEMA has been doing an excellent job. But it requires additional resources to respond to this series of storms and to replenish its reserves for the next unanticipated emergency.
"It is the clear responsibility of the Congress, beyond politics, to provide the disaster relief resources required by FEMA to meet the critical needs of our citizens, businesses and communities in the wake of these storms. I told the Administrator that this is the least that Americans expect when disaster strikes.
"I will continue to work with Congressman Brady, Congresswoman Schwartz and others in our hard-hit region on immediate and appropriate disaster relief efforts. On the national scale, I assured Administrator Fugate that we are absolutely going to get FEMA the resources that it needs."
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah