U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) voted in support of H.J.Res. 85, the National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act. This bill provides immediate funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the same rate and under the same conditions as in effect at the end of the just completed fiscal year. Funds are available until another appropriation bill (such as a regular bill or Continuing Resolution) is enacted for these operations or December 15, 2013. His statement follows:
"I don't believe shutting the government down is good for our community and our country. I have voted multiple times to keep the government open, and personally brought forth solutions to end the crisis before it even started. Today, I voted in support of one more solution that would fund another vital component of our government -- the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We have a potential hurricane barreling down on our state. It is scheduled to strike in the next 24-48 hours. We must have a fully operational FEMA and other first responders if, God forbid, this makes a direct strike. It's time to end this shutdown.
"We need the Senate to take up this bill that would protect our constituents."