By Michael Biesecker, Related Press
Final Up to date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 1:29 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) —
The U.S. is spending greater than $200 million a day responding to current hurricanes and wildfires, the top of the Federal Emergency Administration Company informed Congress Tuesday in testimony that additionally slammed the $300 million Whitefish contract in Puerto Rico.
- FEMA says current hurricanes, wildfires extraordinarily costly
- US spending greater than $200 million a day
- FEMA additionally stated it had nothing to do with the Whitefish Power contract
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FEMA Administrator Brock Lengthy informed a Senate panel that about 25 million People had been impacted by pure disasters within the final 50 days, with greater than four million now registered for emergency assist. He stated extra money might be wanted than the $fifty two billion in emergency aid allotted thus far.
He additionally sought to distance his company from the controversial $300 million no-bid contract awarded to Whitefish Power Holdings, a tiny Montana firm. Lengthy stated there was “lots incorrect” with the contract, which he stated FEMA officers solely discovered about after it had already been signed by the board of the Puerto Rico Electrical Energy Authority.
The top of the troubled utility stated Sunday he would search to cancel the contract, amid scrutiny from a number of federal and congressional investigations.
“No lawyer inside FEMA would ever have agreed to a number of the language in that contract,” Lengthy stated.
Pressed by members of the committee on how FEMA would make sure that electrical energy service on Puerto Rico is restored as shortly as attainable, Lengthy stated he would wish further authorized authority from Congress to spend federal funds to rebuild the island’s energy grid higher than it was.
About sixty seven % of the residents on the island are nonetheless with out energy. Federal officers stated there aim is to have electrical energy restored to at the very least half the island by the top of November.
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