Katko Statement on FEMA Involvement in Border Crisis Response

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s decision to use FEMA resources in response to the overwhelming surge at the U.S-Mexico border:

“If FEMA is involved, it’s a disaster by definition. If the Secretary is tasking FEMA to help on the southwest border, it further demonstrates the severity of the situation. You can expect strong oversight from our committee on how exactly FEMA dollars will be spent on this self-inflicted crisis and what other activity may be de-prioritized as a result. I have serious concerns that this will strain a FEMA workforce and budget that is already spread thin – with a pandemic response ongoing and the Atlantic Hurricane season less than three months away.”


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