Support for FEMA in DHS


The president-elect hinted on Monday that he would keep FEMA inside the Homeland Security Department. DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff said yesterday that the alternative — pulling FEMA out as a separate agency  — would be a mistake.

Today, two prominent senators voiced their support for keeping FEMA where it is.

In a letter to the New York Times, Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine — the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee — said FEMA needs to stay inside DHS.

The agency still needs improvement, but our reforms are working: FEMA’s response to the 2008 hurricane season was effective. Lives are saved when skills, resources and missions are united — not dispersed.

FEMA is becoming a far stronger agency. The last thing it needs is another upheaval.

But what does secretary-designee Janet Napolitano think? We’ll have to wait and see.


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