WASHINGTON - Arkansas Congressman Mike Ross is pushing legislation he says will cut bureacratic red tape within the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ross says his bill would allow the transfer of temporary housing units and other materials to state or local governments when needed in emergencies that haven't been declared federal disasters. The bill would authorize the president to transfer excess materials, supplies and equipment to state governments, local governments or voluntary organizations in those instances.
Ross says FEMA has failed to effectively fulfill its duty of providing assistance during emergencies. He gave as an example the thousands of manufactured homes that FEMA purchased for survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita but that still sit in Hope more than two years later.