Politicians Respond to President Trump's Threat to Withhold FEMA funding

Trump turns up the heat on Pelosi, says he is cutting off funds for CA wildfires

Trump has made similar threats about FEMA funds before, saying in November that he might pull money for disaster relief because of what he called the state's "gross mismanagement of the forests" - although Trump's critics have pointed out that the federal government controls 60 percent of the forest land in California. In an automated email reply, the agency said, "Due to the federal funding hiatus, we are not able to respond to general press queries".

California Republican lawmakers were also critical of Trump's threat.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for clarification on the intent of the president's tweet.

With better forest management, the fires "would never happen", Trump asserted in his tweet.

"FEMA individual assistance is a real lifeline for people in their greatest time of need", Lemaitre said, "and to use the plight of survivors to push your political agenda is draconian". Guidelines for the way federal dollars flow after the president declares a national disaster, like he did after devastating wildfires in California this year, are outlined in the Stafford Act, said Rafael Lemaitre, the former director of public affairs for FEMA under the Obama administration.

"We have been put in office by the voters to get things done", Newsom tweeted, "not to play games with lives".

He also argued that federal environmental laws are to blame and suggested, "Until the federal government acts to reform its own laws, it has no excuse for withholding funds from California for following the same policies". Attacking victims is yet another low for this president ...

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LaMalfa past year survived the "blue wave" that swamped so many other Republicans, although he won his district by just ten points, a steep drop from his 18-point victory in 2016 and his 22-point victory in 2014.

Pique at new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - who, as you may know, is from California - for her refusal to give him his border-wall money is a very likely motive for Trump's sudden focus on last year's wildfire problem and his simplistic and misguided "solution" for it. However, this is not the first time he's threatened to pull funding from California over the fires, during one of the deadliest seasons on record.

Amid a partial government shutdown that is headed into its third week with no end in sight, President Trump threatened to cut off federal funding for California - now recovering from its deadliest wildfire in history.

November's fire in the northern California town of Paradise was the deadliest US wildfire in a century, killing at least 85 people and destroying almost 14,000 homes.

Trump pledged to help wildfire victims during a visit to Paradise, California, with Newsom and former Gov. The Camp Fire death toll would later rise to 86 people.

The recent large California wildfires continue to make headlines.

The newly elected governor stated he, along with the governors of Washington and OR sent a letter to the federal government asking for their help in relief efforts. And numerous state's worst fires don't happen in forests at all. He doesn't have the power to unilaterally cancel federal funding for a particular agency's activities in a particular state. Jim Nielsen and state Assemblyman Jim Gallagher all represent a Northern California community leveled by wildfire in November.

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