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Maya MacGuineas: Federal Disaster Funding Doesn't Have To Be An Emergency

May 20, 2019 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas is president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently wrote an opinion piece for The Hill, an excerpt of which is below.

Congress is still searching for a deal to provide funding for several disasters that are tragically starting to stack up in queue of neglect.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Disasters aren’t anomalies — they are unfortunately a sure thing throughout our history, and they are getting costlier every year.

The 14 years since Hurricane Katrina has seen 10 of the highest years for federal disaster relief in the last 50 years. Three of the most expensive years have occurred since Hurricane Sandy six years ago.

Read the entire piece here.

"My Views" are works published by members or staff of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, but they do not necessarily reflect the views of all members or staff of the Committee.

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