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house Bill H.R. 1471

It’s the Great FEMA Bill, Charlie Brown

Argument in favor

FEMA is the end of the line when it comes to natural disasters in the U.S. This bill reauthorizes several of its most important programs that save lives. We need them.

Cary's Opinion
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05/02/2015
Feed me Seymour, feed me all night long. The more you feed it, the bigger it gets and the more it demands to be FED.
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04/03/2017
This is a bipartisan bill that is well designed and addresses significant issues to all of the American people. This is another example of legislators doing their jobs correctly. This is what we need more of in Congress!!
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Evercraft's Opinion
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04/29/2015
Either these things are passed as a bunch of small bills or in a package like this. Americans have a problem understanding size, we think if we buy three things for $300 each, that's better than one thing for $700... It's not. Disaster funding is happening either way.
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Argument opposed

Yes, keeping FEMA up and running is important. But this is a whole lot of stuff in one bill, and not all of it is equally important. Let’s try breaking it up and figuring it out.

ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/23/2015
We need to cut government spending and reduce its scope--of which this bill accomplishes neither.
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Tony's Opinion
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04/24/2015
Every rational person can see that government, all levels of government, have a spending problem. Every rational person says something needs to be done to stop it. So why does nothing ever change? Take a stand, start now...right here.
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Stephen's Opinion
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02/29/2016
Despite the claims of some people, FEMA does not protect anyone from a disaster since it steps in after the fact. FEMA does not respond in a timely manner; many communities had to wait years for FEMA aid. The money would be better spent on local response efforts.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed February 29th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedMarch 19th, 2015

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    Feed me Seymour, feed me all night long. The more you feed it, the bigger it gets and the more it demands to be FED.
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    We need to cut government spending and reduce its scope--of which this bill accomplishes neither.
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    Every rational person can see that government, all levels of government, have a spending problem. Every rational person says something needs to be done to stop it. So why does nothing ever change? Take a stand, start now...right here.
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    Despite the claims of some people, FEMA does not protect anyone from a disaster since it steps in after the fact. FEMA does not respond in a timely manner; many communities had to wait years for FEMA aid. The money would be better spent on local response efforts.
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    These are state, or local, issues.
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    Exactly. Break this bill up into fragments and see what it's all about before just get signed
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    This is a bipartisan bill that is well designed and addresses significant issues to all of the American people. This is another example of legislators doing their jobs correctly. This is what we need more of in Congress!!
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    Either these things are passed as a bunch of small bills or in a package like this. Americans have a problem understanding size, we think if we buy three things for $300 each, that's better than one thing for $700... It's not. Disaster funding is happening either way.
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    FEMA is a redundant organization. DHS is redundant. All redundancy is waste. We had good agencies already in place.
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    Disaster relief is clearly a resonsibility of the federal government. Fund it. Stop playing politics with people's despair, please.
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    All of the components of this bill go to disaster relief, recovering, and research, I don't see any issue in bundling them up together in context.
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    This is yet another program that can be better managed at the state and local level.
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    It's too broad. And includes too many unnecessaries. Scale it down.
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    I think they are a disaster.
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    FEMA is necessary but most definitely needs to be reevaluated as far as spending and demographics. Everyone should qualify for aid of some sort when devastating to an area.
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    Important
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    Clean the bill.
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    I agree we need to break up this bill into smaller bills, as piggy-backing bills is just wrong, especially ehrn the bills are likely to cost a great deal to fund!
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    Needs to be broken up into smaller segments and voted on accordingly.
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    FEMA, while imperfect, is who people that have suffered catastrophic disasters turn to. Admittedly in the past it had some serious problems, but in the last ten years has managed to become a very responsible and necessary agency. Without them, what would you do after a Tornado, have a bake sale?
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