Articles by Andy Sullivan

FEMA Staffing Stretched Thin as Hurricane Season Gets Underway

As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida last September, the top U.S. disaster response official ordered all hands on deck. With 4,500 Federal Emergency Management Agency staffers already helping survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, FEMA chief Brock Long told …

Florida Residents Return to Irma’s Battered Homes, Flooded Streets, Power Outages

Storm-shocked Floridians returned to shattered homes on Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Irma pushed inland, leaving more than half of all state residents without power and city streets underwater from Orlando and Jacksonville into coastal Georgia and South Carolina. …

In the End, Obama Won on Economy: Analysis

In the end, President Barack Obama won re-election on the issue that was supposed to send him packing: the sluggish U.S. economy. The United States is still digging out from the deepest recession in 80 years, and employers are barely …

Senate Approves Government Funding, Disaster Aid Bill

The U.S. Senate approved a deal Monday to avert a government shutdown, ending a standoff that highlighted a dysfunctional Congress’ trouble in passing even the most basic legislation. “We’ve averted a disaster — until the next one,” said Democratic Senator …

Senate Poised to Defeat House Spending, Disaster Aid Bill

With aid to disaster victims running out, the U.S. Senate Democratic leader Friday vowed to hold a quick vote to defeat a House-passed spending bill, clearing the way for negotiations to avoid a government shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …

House Defeats Bill Funding Government; FEMA, Flood Insurance in Doubt

The House of Representatives unexpectedly defeated a bill that would fund the federal government [including the federal flood insurance program] past Sept. 30 Wednesday as dozens of Republicans broke with their party to push for deeper spending cuts. The unexpected …

Congress At Odds Over Disaster Aid Dollars

U.S. Republicans and Democrats in Congress moved to quickly approve disaster aid Monday but remained at odds over the amount of money needed to help victims of floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. With the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster-relief fund running …

With FEMA Running Low on Funds, Irene Revives Budget Battle

Washington’s never-ending budget battle threatened to snarl the recovery from Hurricane Irene as a top Republican said Monday that any federal aid will have to be offset by spending cuts elsewhere. “Yes there’s a federal role, yes we’re going to …

Lawmakers Agree on Historic Financial Industry Reforms

U.S. lawmakers hammered out a historic overhaul of financial regulations as dawn broke over the nation’s capital Friday, handing President Barack Obama a major domestic victory on the eve of a global summit devoted to financial reform. In a marathon …

Democrats Garner More Votes in U.S. Senate for Financial Reform Bill

Democrats fought to push their Wall Street reform forward in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, slating more votes despite Republican resistance on a bill that is expected to pass within weeks. The chief negotiators for both parties agreed on Tuesday …