My staff and I are regularly communicating with Joplin officials to make sure that they’re getting the immediate help they need. The federal government has committed resources to help Missouri communities recover from crippling flood and tornado damage, and I expect that commitment to be fulfilled expeditiously. Recovery from hurricane damage on the East Coast must not come at the expense of Missouri’s rebuilding efforts. If FEMA can’t fulfill its promise to our state because we have other disasters, that’s unacceptable, and we need to take a serious look at how our disaster response policies are funded and implemented.
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.