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We can’t sacrifice FEMA money trying to get funding for Ukraine


Speaking on CNN’s “The Source” Wednesday, Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) said that while he supports both funding for Ukraine and increased funding for FEMA, FEMA funding should be separated from Ukraine money if needed.

Host Kaitlan Collins asked: “[T]The White House is asking Congress for an additional $12 billion for this disaster relief fund, but some Republicans have complained that this is also tied to new funding for Ukraine. Do you think that could jeopardize the passage of this money that they need for this disaster relief? Funds?”

Moskowitz said, “That’s a great question. First of all, I have in the House the bill to reimburse the DRF, which is the FEMA fund, for $12 billion. I filed this invoice. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced it in the Senate, so it is a bipartisan, bicameral bill. None of our bills are moving. And so, yes, the Biden administration has associated this with Ukraine, which, I support the Biden package, but I also support moving these pieces of legislation individually as needed. The FEMA administrator said those communities in both Maui and Florida will have the money they need to respond. But what we do know is that hurricane season has only just begun. …And reimbursements to the state and to those cities will be slowed down, and that’s not something emergency management should focus on.”

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