Lincoln Suggests Giving FEMA Trailers to Rural Communities

MARCH 3, 2006 - Posted at 7:39 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln says the federal government should consider giving FEMA-owned mobile homes sitting unused in Hope to rural communities or put them back into the federal surplus.  Lincoln said yesterday she supports a proposal by fellow Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas to put mobile homes in floodplains on a temporary basis.

Pryor introduced the legislation yesterday because of the situation at the Hope Municipal Airport, where about 10,600 mobile homes are stored.

Lincoln said in a telephone news conference yesterday that the huge stash of mobile homes at Hope was, "an absolute downright abuse of taxpayer dollars."

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