House GOP to Advance $1B Disaster Aid Package

By ANDREW TAYLOR | May 24, 2011 | 11:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House are preparing a $1 billion aid package to make sure federal disaster relief accounts don't run out.

Rep. Robert Aderholt said the move would ensure that there's enough money for victims of the devastating tornado that leveled Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, as well as those suffering from flooding in the Mississippi Basin and from tornadoes that swept across Alabama last month.

The additional money would make sure that ongoing relief efforts aren't interrupted as new disaster relief efforts get under way across the South and Midwest.

Aderholt said that the appropriations panel will cut spending elsewhere in the budget to fund the disaster relief.

Lawmakers in both parties say the Obama administration has shortchanged the government's disaster relief fund.