Lawmakers call for overhauling FEMA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency should be dissolved and rebuilt before the upcoming hurricane season.

That's according to Senator Joseph Lieberman, of Connecticut. Lieberman, a Democrat, says FEMA has become a joke to Americans and Gulf Coast residents.

The member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee says he favors keeping the agency within the Homeland Security Department.

FEMA was independent before it was folded into Homeland Security when the department was created after the Septeber eleventh terrorist attacks.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, in appearances on Sunday morning talk shows, warned against overhauling FEMA with hurricane season only three months away.

Representative Tom Davis, of Virginia says he favors making FEMA a Cabinet department.

Davis said FEMA should not be competing for dollars within a department concerned with prevention as well as response.

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