“I was disappointed to see the House shortchange FEMA, and it is a real, real shortchange,” Reid said.
Reid then went on to tout the $6.9 billion funding package he managed to push through the Senate last week with the support of 10 Republicans and said he intends to offer an amendment, when the Senate takes up the House continuing resolution, to tack on the Senate language.
“Suffice it to say we provided funds last week here in the Senate to help Americans,” said Reid. “That funding will help rebuild after several costly natural disasters. Tomorrow when the Senate receives the House bill … we will amend it with the language the Senate passed."
A little later, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) echoed Reid’s sentiment, saying the House funding levels were woefully inadequate for the scale of disaster that hit the U.S. this year.
“The total amount of $3.65 billion is inadequate,” Schumer said. "[It] is not even close to enough."
“The House should understand there will be a measure to adequately fund FEMA,” said Schumer who added that he “expects” each of the 10 Republican senators who supported the funding last week to support it again this week and allow for its passage.
The Senate Democrat plan to throw the resolution back to the House with more FEMA funding has the potential to seriously disrupt plans to pass the resolution this week. Congressional passage is needed by Friday to keep the government funded past Sept. 30, as both the House and Senate plan to be out next week.