Fattah, an appropriator from Philadelphia, said he hopes there will not be more demands from Congressional Republicans for cuts in other spending to offset the cost of additional disaster aid. “This Congress has been defined by brinksmanship, which we can ill-afford during such a crisis as this and with such anticipated urgencies,” Fattah said. “We have a responsibility to ensure that FEMA doesn’t run out of money partway through the job. We must assist state and local governments in returning families, businesses and communities to full recovery.”
Any legislative action in response to the hurricane would come after the post-election session begins the week of Nov. 13.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.