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Craig Fugate takes on criticism of FEMA



The damage from Hurricane Irene is not nearly as bad as predicted yet is still severe in some areas. But as the effects are being assessed, critics are once again blasting FEMA -- only not for incompetence. Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas Republican running for president, called it a "great contributor to deficit financing" and no friend to the people in his state. The agency is also under pressure with the ongoing budget cut talks.

This morning, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, the former Florida emergency management chief, responded with a blunt take on the role of government.

"In the country I grew up in, Americans come to Americans' help in crisis," Fugate said on CNN. "We've always done it. We'll continue to do it," Fugate continued. "We're working hard as a team. The president and everybody else is working hard to support these states and the local communities impacted."

Video below.

(3 minute mark begins the funding questions)


[Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 10:52am]


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