Senate Confirms Trump’s Pick to Head FEMA

National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL, Sept. 14, 2004 — FEMA Hurricane Liaison Team Leader Brock Long and NOAA hydrometeorologist Keith Stellman keep the Gulf states informed of Hurricane Ivan’s path through the Gulf of Mexico.
Mandatory Credit: photo by Melissa Ann Janssen/FEMA

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has confirmed the nomination of President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The vote was 95-4 on Tuesday for Brock Long. He previously ran Alabama’s Emergency Management Agency and served as that state’s on-scene incident commander during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Long takes over the agency at the beginning of hurricane season, as the Gulf Coast prepares for Tropical Storm Cindy. The agency has already managed 41 disaster declarations this year and the Trump administration has proposed cutting nearly $1 billion from the agency’s budget.

More than $500 million in proposed cuts would come from FEMA’s grant programs, including the grants for pre-disaster mitigation efforts.

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