Senate Dems Call Latest House Spending Bill 'Not An Honest Effort At Compromise'04:23


The fight over replenishing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief fund is turning into a bit of a disaster for many lawmakers in Congress. The fund could run out of money next week. That means there would be no new money for victims of the many of the recent tornadoes, hurricanes and fires around the country.

Republicans in the House and Democrats in the Senate can't agree on how much money to allocate, and Tea Party Republicans insist that any new government spending, including disaster relief, be offset by cuts elsewhere. Today the Senate blocked a House plan passed last night that would have allocated money to the disaster relief fund, but which also included cuts to President Obama’s fuel efficiency and alternative energy programs.


  • Gail Chaddock, congressional correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor

This segment aired on September 23, 2011.

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