Inhofe Looks to Work With Obama on FEMA Legislation

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe reintroduces legislation to establish the Federal Emergency Management Agency as an independent agency of the U.S. government.
Sen. Inhofe said he looks forward to discussing this bill with President Obama who has previously made remarks supporting the goal of the bill.
Sen. Inhofe’s legislation, he Federal Emergency Management Advancement Act of 2009, or S. 412, would make the cabinet level position the principal advisor to the President, Homeland Security Council, and Secretary for Homeland Security for all matters relating to emergency management, and gives them the authority to report directly to the President.
“I am reintroducing legislation to give the Director of FEMA cabinet-level status in the event of natural disasters and acts of terrorism,” said Sen. Inhofe, R-Okla. “This has long been a priority of mine, and from what we heard on the campaign trail, this is also priority of President Obama. I look forward to working with the President as we look for ways to help FEMA provide the best response possible.”
The introduction of the legislation coincides with the latest natural disaster to hit Oklahoma. Tuesday, three confirmed tornadoes touched down throughout Oklahoma, hitting Oklahoma City, Edmond, Pawnee and Lone Grove.

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