Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, joined by Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, speaks about funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Obama listens to an update on the status of Hurricane Irene at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington on Aug. 27, 2011. He is joined by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano (left) and FEMA director Craig Fugate (right). (Associated Press)
Charles Tiger is pictured during an interview in his FEMA trailer home in Little Axe, Okla., Thursday, June 16, 2011. Nearly six years after the hurricane, the mobile homes that became a symbol of the government's failed response are finally being put to good use. FEMA has quietly given many of them away to American Indian tribes that are in desperate need of affordable housing. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
"Until we get those dollar figures, we're staying focused on the initial response, "Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate said of the cost of the disasters so far. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano listens.
Residents affected by the tornado come to receive help at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster recovery center at the Ashley Furniture Store in Fultondale, Ala. on Monday. The center is one of six set up in four Alabama counties. (Associated Press/The Birmingham News, Michelle Campbell)