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House Proceeding 03-24-10 on Mar 24th, 2010 :: 0:18:55 to 0:22:35
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David E. Price

0:18:53 to 0:19:14( Edit History Discussion )

David E. Price: democrat majority must do better. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. obey: i yield five minutes to the distinguished gentleman from north carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for five minutes. >> i thank the chairman for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise in support of the disaster relief and summer jobs supplemental

David E. Price

0:18:55 to 0:22:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David E. Price

David E. Price

0:19:15 to 0:19:36( Edit History Discussion )

David E. Price: appropriations bill which includes $5.1 billion for the federal emergency management agency's disaster relief fund. the administration has requested this amount of emergency funding to pay for recovery from catastrophic events and to be able to respond to disastrous and -- disasters and emergencies through the balance of the fiscal year.

David E. Price

0:19:37 to 0:19:57( Edit History Discussion )

David E. Price: this bill is making sure that fema keeps its promises to devastated communities, that are -- communities that are getting back on their feet as well as to those who may face disasters in the months to come. in addition to ongoing recovery costs associated with an active hurricane season and extraordinary flooding in the midwest in 2008, fema is still

David E. Price

0:19:58 to 0:20:19( Edit History Discussion )

David E. Price: required to pay for some very expensive outstanding costs related to katrina, such as the devastated louisiana schools and charity hospital. because we're still dealing with these monumental recovy ef fund is being depleted at a rate of nearly $500 million per month during this fiscal year.

David E. Price

0:20:20 to 0:20:40( Edit History Discussion )

David E. Price: this is nearly double the noncatastrophic five-year average that fema bases its budget estimates on. at that rate o.m.b. projects fema will be completely out of zpafter relief funds by the end -- disaster relief funds by the end of march. it's unfortunate we find ourselves in the position of low on funds just halfway through the fiscal year.

David E. Price

0:20:41 to 0:21:01( Edit History Discussion )

David E. Price: i agree that fema needs to find a better way to budget, to account for the known costs of these catastrophic events when formulating the budget requests. i've pressed them to do that and will continue to do so. but it is disingenuous for those on the other side of the aisle to lecture us on this issue when to a large extent as they well know this supplemental is

David E. Price

0:21:02 to 0:21:23( Edit History Discussion )

David E. Price: required to deal with the mess inherited from the previous administration and by the mess i mean the practice of lowballing projected disaster costs as well as billions in deferred obligations. the fact of the matter is the last administration failed to bring these major public infrastructure projects in the gulf coast to a resolution.

David E. Price

0:21:24 to 0:21:44( Edit History Discussion )

David E. Price: we're talking about billions of dollars worth of liabilities that were just kicked down the road. so no lectures, please, on irresponsible budgeting. over $2 billion of this supplemental could be spent dealing with unresolved katrina costs. the fema administrator brought these issues to light at a recent hearing before our subcommittee.

David E. Price

0:21:45 to 0:22:05( Edit History Discussion )

David E. Price: he's now committed to correcting these dishsies, to cleaning up the mess he inherit and making sure fema -- he inherited and making sure fema is responsible for these accounts. based on the impending shortfall in the fund, fema announced last month that it could only pay for immediate needs for disasters, which includes assistance to

David E. Price

0:22:06 to 0:22:28( Edit History Discussion )

David E. Price: families and individuals as well as debris removal and emergency protective measures, all long-term rebuilding projects are being deferred until congress acts. to put that into perspective for my colleagues, that means that over $367 million worth of projects in 43 states and four territories will continue to be

David E. Price

0:22:29 to 0:22:36( Edit History Discussion )

David E. Price: delayed if we fail to act. and this backlog will only continue to grow. when you add the expensive katrina-related issues, fema is

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