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Politicians Hope to Change 'Broken FEMA System'

Under the current formula, FEMA can't grant disaster assistance to Washington. Lawmakers hope to change that.

WASHINGTON - Governor Quinn and Washington Mayor Gary Manier both believe FEMA's aid formula is broken.

The current system punishes large states with a mixture of big and rural cities.

Communities in states the size of Illinois have to prove a higher level of damage than communities in small states.

For this reason, FEMA denied Illinois federal disaster assistance for local governments.

And local politicians also believe the system needs fixing.

We reached out to democratic representative Cheri Bustos....she replied with this statement

"Having seen firsthand the damage these storms caused, there is no doubt our communities deserve federal relief.  To help fix the way FEMA calculates assistance, i'll continue to work with democrats and republicans

 To build support for my bill that would ensure downstate Illinois receives fair treatment when it comes to qualifying for relief from natural disasters."

Here is what representative Aaron Schock had to say:

The denial of a Public Assistance declaration is based on a flawed formula that severely disadvantages small and rural communities trying so hard to revover from the incredible economic and emotional injury left in the storms' wake."

Both Schock and Bustos support the Fairness In Federal Disaster Declarations Act, a bill that would require FEMA to consider local economic factors when distributing aid.



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