Senate Passes Deal to Avoid Shut Down

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Senate voted 79 to 12 last night in favor of an agreement on spending for disaster relief, that will avert the government shutdown that many feared might happen this week. Funding for government agencies like FEMA will now be extended for six weeks. Senate leaders are hoping the House will pass the deal later this week.

Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, discusses the political brinkmanship at play. Sandy Gaffney, co-founder of Mobile Home Residents for Equality and Fairness, talks about her struggle to get FEMA funding.

Comments [3]

Pat Hurst from Jacksonville,Fla

I live in jax, fla have sisters in vt and sister and brother in mid-state ny. It's a shame that you pay flood ins. and when a flood happens no money. then you have to deal with fema. all this happens to people who can't afford any of this. lose home and lots of memories. things that can't be replaced. what i want to know is when are the mega-rich going to start paying a bigger share of the taxes? It's bull when they say growth will stop. that's bull they will always have more then anyone and will not really invest much anyway. only if it makes more money for them. this is not what this country was based on. the fight was for no taxes without a say how it was spent . we still don't have a say how it's spent.

Sep. 28 2011 05:58 PM

Doesn't this smell like another example of a crass political set-up like the debt ceiling and the jobs bill? The US Senate went over 800 days without submitting a budget and now with all the billions of dollars going to political cronies, Democrat pork, and the needlessly bloated and over salaried federal bureaucracy, the debate is over something the federal government should fund like FEMA? Is this irresponsible grandstanding being done for political reasons?

Sep. 27 2011 08:48 AM
Katherina from NY

I propose a survey.
Who wants a fema trailer?
(yes) (no)

Sep. 27 2011 08:40 AM

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