Tennessee delegation asks for more federal assistance

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 12:56pm
Staff reports

Tennessee’s congressional delegation is calling for federal assistance beyond the financial aid available through the Federal Emergency and Management Agency. 

In a letter addressed to President Barack Obama, Tennessee’s two U.S senators and nine U.S. representatives requested that funds for flood victims in 52 Tennessee counties be carved out of the federal Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010.

“Tennesseans are helping themselves and their neighbors, but Tennessee will require federal assistance beyond what current emergency programs' funding can support,” the letter reads.

“Because the Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up supplemental appropriations legislation that you have requested on Thursday, it is vital that a request for Tennessee flood relief come from the Office of Management and Budget as quickly as possible.”

Some 18,000 Tennesseans have already registered for federal assistance, and more than $28 million worth of federal aid has been approved. So far, 42 Tennessee counties have been declared disaster areas. The maximum amount of dollars available to flood victims' families through FEMA is $29,900.

During the last few days, several of Obama’s cabinet members have toured areas affected by the region’s historic flood.

Yesterday, Mayor Karl Dean and U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper led U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan and U.S Commerce Secretary Gary Locke through damaged buildings in downtown Nashville.

Over the weekend, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited Nashville, and on Tuesday, Karen Mills, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, is in town to launch new centers that will be designed to help small businesses rebuild. 

3 Comments on this post:

By: tim4wsp on 5/11/10 at 12:54

What? Marsha Blackburn asked for MORE federal money? The next headlines will read "Teabaggers head explode across the nation."

By: willtw on 5/11/10 at 1:50

Teabaggers huh? You numb skull ! Most people would rather have FEMA "stuff it" and all the idiots floating down to Middle Tennessee! Napolidodo came here trying to find the floods, standing in the ARC blood Center THEN had the gall to say on camera that FEMA was appropriating ONLY $4.1MM for the state....Whi is kidding who? Unfortunately, a LOT of people were not insured and those that had flood insurance, had no contents coverage...Yes, and a lot of those volunteers and donations come from Joe and Janet Average, who might even be participants in the Tea Party Movement...Sounds like the only movement you are experiencing is a verbal bowel movement but then again we know from whenst you come...!

By: free thinker on 5/12/10 at 9:48

The pols are asking for more money for the simple reason, there's no real money in Tennessee. Business likes to privatize profits while socializing losses. The average working person earns less and works more in this state than many regions of the U.S., therefore, they do not have the resources to recover from tragic events, insurance coverage or not. The cost of living is not cheaper here either.