Officials credit FEMA progress, teamwork for minimizing disaster

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks about the impact of Hurricane Irene at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, Sunday, Aug., 28, 2011. Napolitano said President Obama instructed administration officials to continue to be aggressive in their efforts to deal with the storm and its aftermath. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks about the impact of Hurricane Irene at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, Sunday, Aug., 28, 2011. Napolitano said President Obama instructed administration officials to continue to be aggressive in their efforts to deal with the storm and its aftermath. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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During cleanup efforts, Mr. Paul said, state and local leaders will be looking to FEMA for financial help. He said he would vote against any additional funding for the agency unless the administration finds the money from reductions in war spending.

“We don’t have any money. This country is bankrupt,” he said.

Other Republicans have agreed with Mr. Paul that federal disaster aid must be coupled with cuts elsewhere in the budget. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, has said that any assistance for victims of last week’s earthquake — the epicenter of which was in Mineral, Va., part of Mr. Cantor’s district — must be offset “with appropriate savings or cost-cutting elsewhere.”

Mr. Cantor made similar comments after tornadoes ravaged Joplin, Mo., this year.

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