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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.