Will D.C.’s Snow Paralysis Warrant Funds?

Back-to-back blizzards that shut down everything – including the government for five days in February – have yet to result in any federal disaster aid to the ravaged U.S. capital.

In an article on thehill.com, Jordy Yager says lawmakers are planning a congressional hearing “to try to shore up federal emergency funding to reimburse the economically strapped region’s recovery and response efforts.”

President Barack Obama announced last week that aid would be available to Washington, D.C. for the December snowstorm but has yet to designate funds for the February blizzards which, besides shutting down the government, also shut down bus and train services and racked up $18 million in snow removal expenses and lost revenue.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, chairwoman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee, said FEMA may not fully understand D.C.’s unique needs. She hopes the upcoming congressional hearing will help the region and FEMA become better acquainted.

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