disaster relief

  • September 12, 2017  

    When Hurricane Irma shattered islands across the Caribbean, one of the hardest hit was Anguilla, where residents in need of food, water, fuel and electricity received the first major delivery of aid from Britain six days after the storm hit. Alex Thomson of Independent Television News reports on how the island is managing and what the disaster says about the island’s relationship to Britain. Continue reading

  • September 8, 2017  

    In our news wrap Friday, the House approved more than $15 billion in Hurricane Harvey relief as part of a deal President Trump made with Democrats Wednesday to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government through December. Also, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico last night, killing at least 60 people and crumbling hundreds of buildings. Continue reading

  • September 6, 2017  

    President Trump has sided with Democrats in a deal to tie $7.9 billion in Hurricane Harvey relief to funding the government and raising the debt ceiling. The deal complicates relations with Republicans, who wanted a longer-term fix to the debt ceiling. John Yang unpacks the proposal and what it means for the agenda awaiting Congress with Erica Werner of the Associated Press. Continue reading

  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testifies before the House Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing on the Treasury Department's budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters
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    On Sunday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described the federal aid package as an important initial “down payment” on Harvey relief that he expects will come to $150 billion to $180 billion. “We need Congress to step up and pass this and help Texas rebuild,” he said.
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  • August 29, 2017  

    President Trump’s visit to Texas put a spotlight on the coordination of federal and local resources, and Congress will play a key role in deciding how much help the government offers. The scope of the disaster and the number of people affected is “hard to grasp,” said Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, who talked with Miles O’Brien about what his constituents need and hurricane relief. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Donald Trump attends a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) briefing on hurricane season at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, U.S., August 4, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTS1AE50
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    President Donald Trump said Friday that states can count on his administration to dispense U.S. emergency funds efficiently.
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  • December 8, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the House approved a bill to fund the government through April. It includes disaster relief for Louisiana and aid for the contaminated water system in Flint, Michigan. Despite its passage, members of both parties complained about the legislative process. Also, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid gave his final speech to the chamber, after serving for 30 years. Continue reading

  • October 7, 2016  

    Three days after Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, the death toll is above 800 and expected to rise sharply as rescue teams reach the hard-hit southwestern peninsula. So far, the eye of the storm has skirted Florida’s coast, but Gov. Rick Scott warned the state is not yet in the clear. Meanwhile, President Obama met with the head of FEMA and also urged caution. Hari Sreenivasan reports from Florida. Continue reading

  • September 2, 2016  

    The tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011 was one of the most destructive in U.S. history. Five years later, the city seems to be thriving — possibly even better off than it was before. One key to its success? Getting residents to stay, says Jane Cage, chair of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team. But the emotional trauma from that day still lingers. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • June 3, 2015  

    In 2010, a catastrophic earthquake ravaged Haiti, leaving 1.5 million people homeless. The American Red Cross raised nearly $500 million for relief efforts, announcing plans to create new communities. But an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has concluded that the Red Cross response has been plagued by failures. Jeffrey Brown interviews NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan. Continue reading

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