Sen. John Hoeven, with his North Dakota colleague Kent Conrad, is urging the Appropriations Committee to set aside more funding for emergency disaster relief in fiscal 2012.
Conrad and Hoeven noted Congressional belt-tightening in the draft of their letter.
“We recognize the tight fiscal constraints you will be working under this year, and would be happy to work with you to ensure that this assistance is provided in a manner consistent with the spending caps enacted as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011,” they wrote to the top Appropriations officials.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.