The Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog office is investigating whether Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long used government resources for personal travel.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is aggressively lobbying for an additional $1 billion to boost deportations to their highest levels yet under President Trump, according to a budget document obtained by The Washington Post. ICE is an agency within that department, as is FEMA.
Merkley posted a Transfer/Reprogramming document from DHS that shows $9,755,303 from FEMA to ICE out of FEMA's almost $1 billion operating budget.
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The travel situation has been a point of tension between Long and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen - and she even confronted him about the issue at a meeting in late August, the report said. "We are going to see more storms, we're going to see fiercer storms, and so it's absolutely critical that when Congress designates these funds for hurricane preparedness, that's what they are used for".
Merkley's office blasted the comment.
FEMA, which coordinates the government's response to disasters, was bracing for Hurricane Florence to make landfall on Friday as the storm approached the Carolinas, threatening to bring days of pounding surf, torrential rain and severe flooding.
"We need to look over the long term about being more prepared", said Rep. Darren Soto (D) Florida. "We will work with the OIG". Since Republicans are in the majority for both the House and Senate, those lawmakers lead the committees.
Hurricane Florence deluges Carolinas ahead of landfall
There will be hurricane-force winds up to 80 miles from the centre of the storm, meteorologists say. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.
"This is yet another example of the Trump Administration's outrageously misplaced homeland security priorities", said Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of MS, ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security. "We have a president who cares more about locking up families seeking asylum and putting kids in cages than ensuring FEMA has every resource necessary to prepare for and respond to disasters". Bennie Thompson, ranking member of the committee, said in a statement Wednesday.
At the beginning of his tenure at FEMA past year, Long started using a staff driver to get him back home to Hickory, North Carolina, according to Politico.
The "monster", as Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina labeled the storm gathering strength off the southeastern Atlantic coast, threatens enormous damage and a replay of last year's devastating hurricane season, in which FEMA was woefully unprepared for the catastrophe that befell Puerto Rico, according to an after-action report by the agency. "The federal government has people and supplies in Guam, Hawaii, and along the East coast from SC to Pennsylvania, but this will take all levels of government, the private sector, and individuals".
Florence was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday and was packing deadly winds of 130 miles per hour, but it is expected to strengthen and turn into "an extremely unsafe major hurricane" on Thursday night before making landfall. It has already caused thousands of people to evacuate from their homes because of possible flooding.
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