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22 ноября, 00:14

President Donald J. Trump Signs H.R. 194, H.R. 1545, H.R. 1679, H.R. 3243 and H.R. 3949 into Law

On Tuesday, November 21, 2017, the President signed into law: H.R. 194, the "Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2017," which requires the General Services Administration to provide guidance and assistance to Federal agencies to ensure effective processing of the mail; H.R. 1545, the "VA Prescription Data Accountability Act of 2017," which require the Department of Veterans Affairs to disclose information about covered individuals to State controlled substance monitoring programs to help to prevent misuse and diversion of prescription medications; H.R. 1679, the "FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017," which requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure that the ongoing modernization of grant systems for the administration of disaster assistance include specified features to improve applicant accessibility and transparency; H.R. 3243, the "FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017," which extends and makes permanent several provisions of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA); and H.R. 3949, the "Veterans Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act of 2017," which provides for the designation of State approving agencies for multi-state apprenticeship programs for purposes of the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

21 ноября, 16:01

Black Knight: National Mortgage Delinquency Rate increased in October due to Hurricanes

From Black Knight: Black Knight’s First Look at October 2017 Mortgage Data: National Delinquency Rate Sees Second Consecutive Annual Rise as Impact from Hurricanes Continues • October’s 4BPS increase in the national delinquency rate can be directly linked to continued hurricane impact, while delinquencies fell 14BPS in non-affected areas• Though delinquencies were down in all states except Texas and Florida, in FEMA-declared Hurricanes Harvey and Irma disaster areas, they rose another 24 percent (186BPS) in October• The most notable increase was in Florida, where delinquencies spiked 36 percent from September in hurricane-affected areas• Over 229,000 past-due mortgages can now be attributed to Hurricanes Irma (163,000) and Harvey (66,000)• Total non-current inventories in Florida and Texas (all loans 30 or more days past due or in foreclosure) have risen 79 and 30 percent, respectively, over the past six months...• The inventory of loans in active foreclosure continues to improve, falling below 350,000 for the first time since 2006According to Black Knight's First Look report for October, the percent of loans delinquent increased 0.9% in October compared to September, and increased 2.0% year-over-year.The percent of loans in the foreclosure process declined 2.8% in October and were down 31.4% over the last year. Black Knight reported the U.S. mortgage delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure) was 4.44% in October, up from 4.40% in September.The percent of loans in the foreclosure process declined in October to 0.68%. The number of delinquent properties, but not in foreclosure, is up 60,000 properties year-over-year, and the number of properties in the foreclosure process is down 156,000 properties year-over-year.Black Knight: Percent Loans Delinquent and in Foreclosure Process  Oct2017Sept2017Oct2016Oct2015Delinquent4.44%4.40%4.35%4.77%In Foreclosure0.68%0.70%0.99%1.43%Number of properties:Number of properties that are delinquent, but not in foreclosure:2,262,0002,245,0002,202,0002,415,000Number of properties in foreclosure pre-sale inventory:348,000358,000504,000721,000Total Properties2,610,0002,603,0002,706,0003,136,000

17 ноября, 04:49

President Donald J. Trump Approves Alabama Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Nate from October 6 to October 10, 2017. Federal funding is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Nate in the counties of Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile, and Washington. Federal funding also is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in the counties of Autauga, Dallas, and Macon. Furthermore, Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Warren J. Riley as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR [email protected]

15 ноября, 03:38

House passes flood insurance renewal in wake of massive storms

House Republicans overcame bipartisan opposition Tuesday to pass a bill that would reauthorize and overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program, which has strained to pay out billions of dollars to policyholders after this year's run of devastating hurricanes. The House passed the bill in a 237-189 vote following months of debate and dealmaking over how much to scale back the primary tool that millions of homeowners rely on to protect themselves from the financial risks of flooding. The bill would reauthorize the NFIP for five years and enact several operational changes championed by Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), the fiscal conservative who led an effort to pare back the program as part of the reauthorization bill.During the process, Hensarling clashed with influential business groups and coastal Republicans who argued that his committee's proposals threatened homeowners and local economies.After agreeing to a series of concessions going back to this summer, Republicans secured the votes they needed. The bill the House passed Tuesday retained measures sought by Hensarling that would make it easier for private companies to compete with the NFIP in the flood insurance market and prohibit the government from offering coverage to certain homes that flood over and over again. "It is a bankrupt program," Hensarling said on the House floor. "It is unsustainable." The vote marked Congress' first attempt this year to pass a long-term renewal of the flood insurance program before it expires on Dec. 8. The Senate, where negotiations are ongoing, was not expected to take up the House package. The debate in the House this week underscored why progress has been so slow on the issue.Hensarling and other lawmakers who helped draft the House bill argued that the changes they were seeking in the program would help protect taxpayers while giving consumers the opportunity to find more affordable options beyond what the government offers. "A federal program that conceals actual risk through artificially low rates is neither compassionate nor responsible," Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) said.But Republicans representing coastal districts urged their colleagues to vote against the bill, warning that it would make flood insurance less affordable for their constituents and threaten the solvency of the NFIP. They were unpersuaded by sections of the bill that would limit premium increases and allow states to create programs that would identify homeowners who need financial assistance. Other sections of the bill would escalate premium increases and charge homeowners more to fill a reserve fund.Critics argued that the nascent private flood insurance market championed by Hensarling would not necessarily be a boon for homeowners, and that insurers would likely cherry pick the least risky properties while leaving behind the rest for the government to cover. Califronia Rep. Maxine Waters, the top Democrat on the Financial Services Committee, fought the legislation. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) also tried to rally opposition, a spokeswoman said.Until two weeks ago, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who represents a southern Louisiana district, had also withheld support for the bill. Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, came around after Hensarling agreed to ease proposed penalties for properties that repeatedly flood. Still unsatisfied, Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) spoke out against the legislation on the House floor Tuesday, questioning why the concerns of his constituents and others in the Northeast didn't have more sway in the debate. "I'm angry and disappointed I have to fight with my own party on these issues," said LoBiondo, who last week announced his plans to retire.In the end, 14 Republicans and 175 Democrats voted against the bill. Fifteen Democrats voted for it. The White House on Monday said it supported the bill, despite wanting to see additional changes to the flood program.The House Financial Services Committee drafted the legislation well before hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria ravaged the southern coast of the United States and its territories. As the proposal lingered for months, the monster storms added a new sense of urgency behind efforts to update the flood insurance program. An earlier series of devastating hurricanes had overwhelmed the program's financial resources, forcing it to borrow money from Treasury that it could not repay. A new set of claims piled up this fall, and the program hit its roughly $30 billion borrowing limit. In response, Congress agreed in October to forgive $16 billion of the NFIP's debt.The program borrowed another $6.1 billion on Nov. 9, FEMA said Tuesday, bringing its debt to more than $20.5 billion. "No legislation currently pending before the 115th Congress addresses the underlying, core challenge facing the NFIP — the reality that the NFIP was not designed to address catastrophic losses," said Tom Glassic, a consultant who previously served as senior insurance counsel to the Financial Services Committee. "This makes it likely we'll be dealing with many of the same issues in five or six years or whenever the NFIP is next up for reauthorization."Meanwhile, senators from both parties oppose the proposals in the House package and are pushing their own competing bills. One would freeze interest payments that the NFIP pays on its debt — an issue the House bill does not address directly.Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said the House proposal failed to strike the right balance between "the integrity of the program, the financial stability of the program and the affordability." Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said it was "Republicans' first concrete step towards dismantling a critical program that more than 200,000 New Jersey families rely on." "It doesn't resolve all of the issues that we have in the Senate," Banking Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) said in an interview Tuesday.

14 ноября, 19:41

President Donald J. Trump Approves New York Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of New York and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by flooding from May 2 to August 6, 2017. Federal funding is available to the State and to tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in the counties of Jefferson, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Seamus K. Leary as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR [email protected]

08 ноября, 06:21

President Donald J. Trump Approves Kansas Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Kansas and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding from July 22 to July 27, 2017. Federal funding is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding in the counties of Johnson and Wyandotte. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named David G. Samaniego as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR [email protected]

03 ноября, 13:00

The Puerto Rico Power Scandal Expands

After the island’s power company canceled the controversial Whitefish contract, there are several federal inquiries into that contract and another $200 million deal with an Oklahoma-based company.

03 ноября, 01:26

President Donald J. Trump Amends Puerto Rico Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump made additional disaster assistance available to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico by authorizing an increase in the level of Federal funding for Public Assistance projects undertaken in the Commonwealth as a result of Hurricane Maria during the period beginning on September 17, 2017, and continuing. September 27, 2017, President Trump authorized a 100 percent Federal cost share for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for 180 days from the date of the declaration. Under the President’s order today, the Federal share for Public Assistance has been increased to 90 percent of the total eligible costs, except for assistance previously approved at 100 percent. Recognizing the Commonwealth’s election to participate in alternative procedures authorized under section 428 of the Stafford Act, the President has authorized assistance conditioned upon having extra controls on project cost estimation and project management in place to facilitate the expeditious rebuilding of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, to allow for cost-effective activities that reduce the risk of future damage, hardship, or suffering from a major disaster, and to ensure sound stewardship of Federal tax dollars. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR [email protected]

31 октября, 20:49

ICYMI: Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State of Puerto Rico Luis G. Rivera-Marin: "FEMA is a powerful partner in Puerto Rico's recovery"

“Reviewing the aid provided by the federal government, specifically by FEMA, under the steady leadership of Administrator Brock Long, reveals that Washington’s response has and will be there for the U.S. citizens residing on the island.” FEMA is a powerful partner in Puerto Rico’s recovery By Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State of Puerto Rico Luis G. Rivera-Marín Miami Herald October 30, 2017 While it is understandable that our constituents are impatient and remain shell-shocked by Hurricane Maria’s fury and the road toward recovery, the vast majority of Americans in Puerto Rico are grateful and optimistic about the future. This sentiment is predominantly anchored in the rapid response of the federal agencies pre- and post-storm. To say otherwise is to play politics or, worse, to dabble in partisan deception to further personal agendas. Of the agencies that have taken part in rebuilding Puerto Rico, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is the one I’ll single out after an experience that reconfirmed that local leadership at the municipal level is a must in order for FEMA’s mission to succeed. … Reviewing the aid provided by the federal government, specifically by FEMA, under the steady leadership of Administrator Brock Long, reveals that Washington’s response has and will be there for the U.S. citizens residing on the island. While numbers and statistics cannot convey information in the same manner as language or passionate political rhetoric, they simply do not lie. Data is available and verifiable. Long has personally verified his corps’ performance through his various visits to Puerto Rico during this emergency. … At present, FEMA, in coordination with other federal agencies hands out about 600,000 meals and 742,000 liters of water a day. It has conducted more than 700 airdrops in isolated areas of the island; removed 10,000 cubic yards of debris (which would fill Yankee stadium seven times over); and distributed some 42,000 tarps. To date, there are 17,000 federal employees throughout the island, 2,000 medical staff, and 750 pharmacies providing medicine, free of charge, under the emergency prescription-assistance program. … Puerto Rico will emerge brighter than before. Make no mistake about it. And we will do so, hand in hand, with our federal brethren, who have been bearing the brunt and weathering the winds and rain next to us since Day One. As a proud American, for that I am grateful. Read the full editorial here.

30 октября, 20:42

FBI Reportedly Investigating Whitefish Puerto Rico Contract

FEMA, multiple congressional committees and local auditors have reportedly begun requesting documents about the deal.

30 октября, 02:12

Should FEMA Be a Stand Alone Agency?

Daniel M. Gerstein Security, Americas If FEMA were a stand-alone agency, then it could have access to the president, and its missions could be eleveated to cabinet-level. As Congress considers reauthorizing the Department of Homeland Security, principles guiding any major realignments could include assessing whether the organization would be performing operational or staff management functions. Additionally, those principles could examine whether mission effectiveness would be improved through those major realignments and whether implemented changes would introduce new points of friction or inefficiency. The first major realignment under consideration is to replace the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security with a new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which would become the department’s eighth operational component. Backers of this plan to change the directorate from a staff element to an operational organization often point to the growing importance of the department’s cyber and critical infrastructure missions. A second proposed major realignment has focused on removing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from the Department of Homeland Security. Some have asserted that FEMA could be more effective as a stand-alone cabinet-level department. Others have argued that the melding of FEMA into the department provides synergy and resources that support FEMA’s overall mission. Finally, the department has been debating about standing up a counter weapons-of-mass-destruction organization since 2010. The focus has been on the roles and relationships among the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, the Office of Health Affairs and the Science and Technology Directorate. Congress has called for a DHS study of the issue, but to date no research has been completed. Each of these potential realignments could benefit from a pointed discussion that answers a few simple questions. Will the realigned enterprise be operational or performing management staff functions? Read full article

27 октября, 22:53

Zinke says he had ‘absolutely nothing to do with’ Puerto Rico contract

White House said President Donald Trump and Zinke discussed the Whitefish controversy during their meeting on Friday.

27 октября, 21:41

FEMA: We Have 'Significant Concerns' Over Whitefish Contract In Puerto Rico

The agency said Friday that it's looking into Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's business deal with the Montana-based energy firm.

27 октября, 06:26

США выделят $36,5 млрд на ликвидацию последствий ураганов в стране

Президент США Дональд Трамп утвердил принятый обеими палатами Конгресса закон о выделении $36,5 млрд на оказание помощи районам, пострадавшим в результате ураганов и лесных пожаров. Об этом сообщает пресс-служба Белого дома. Согласно документу, $18,7 млрд из общей суммы предоставят Федеральному управлению по чрезвычайным ситуациям, занимающемуся ликвидацией последствий природных катастроф. Еще $1,27 млрд выделят на закупку продовольствия для пострадавших жителей Пуэрто-Рико.В этом году на США обрушилось три разрушительных урагана: «Харви», «Ирма» и «Мария». В начале октября администрация господина Трампа запросила у Конгресса $29 млрд для помощи пострадавшим.Как Флорида пережила самый мощный ураган десятилетия, читайте в материале «Ъ» «"Ирма" на $100 млрд».

27 октября, 01:57

Trump vows to 'liberate' Americans from 'scourge of drug addiction'

President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency Thursday and touted "really tough, really big, really great advertising" against drug use. But despite his August vow to spend "a lot of money” to combat it, he did not pump additional funds into an epidemic that has ravaged communities and claimed tens of thousands of lives. Trump said he would swiftly "review and evaluate" recommendations due next week from his opioid commission and promised to fight illegal drug shipments from countries like China. But the declaration disappointed state officials and public health experts who say a lot more money is needed to respond to a deadly epidemic that is outpacing efforts to contain it. Policies, they said, won't accomplish much without substantial investments behind them.“People are dying," said Andrew Kolodny, executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. "We have people dying of overdoses on waiting lists for an effective treatment.”Public health and addiction experts say a multi-pronged approach is needed immediately — a national prevention strategy, greater access to substance abuse treatment and enough money for communities to stock up on naloxone, an increasingly costly drug that can reverse life-threatening overdoses. Some experts had urged Trump to trigger another category of national emergency under the Stafford Act, which can unlock more federal resources and emergency powers but is usually used for more clearly delineated disasters like hurricanes or fires. That would normally be administered through FEMA, not the Health Department.In addition, they noted that several parts of his plan are already underway, from requiring training for those prescribing opioids to developing non-addictive pain medications.Trump’s declaration, formalized by acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan on Thursday afternoon, allows public health agencies to swiftly redirect existing health resources to the crisis. It will also cut "bureaucratic delays" in hiring personnel and expand access to telemedicine, including remote prescribing of medication commonly used for substance abuse or other mental health treatment."We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic," Trump said at a White House ceremony attended by many Cabinet officials, lawmakers from affected states, people recovering from addiction and families who have lost relatives to overdoses. He emphasized his planned anti-drug advertising campaign, recounting how he himself had never had a drink because he heeded the advice of his older brother, Fred, who died young with a drinking problem.Some lawmakers from hard-hit states immediately said they would be open to appropriating more resources — but it's not clear how much of an appetite there is on Capitol Hill to significantly boost spending. As of now, the House and Senate appropriations bills for next year keep opioid funding levels flat. States are already getting $1 billion between 2017 and 2018 under the 21st Century Cures legislation to respond to the drug crisis.But Trump's declaration relies largely on shifting existing funds, rather than putting up the extra money that state officials and some in Congress say is critical for a comprehensive response to the drug epidemic that the White House itself estimates is claiming about 175 lives a day."We're underwater," said Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) during a congressional hearing earlier this week where he criticized the federal response. "I don't understand why more resources aren’t flowing to help out a rural state like West Virginia." His state has the highest overdose death rate in the country.The HHS public health emergency fund currently has only about $57,000 left in it, although Congress could replenish it and the department has some other emergency resources to draw on. An administration official said there are "ongoing discussions" with lawmakers about how much money is needed. The spreading opioid crisis reaches from abuse of prescription painkillers to street drugs like heroin and the even more lethal fentanyl — which Trump said he'd bring up in his coming talks with China. Drug overdoses now kill more people than traffic crashes or gun-related deaths, and there's growing fear that IV drug use will set off waves of new HIV/AIDS infections in the heartland. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who attended the White House event praised Trump in a statement for taking "bold action." But the president's order will fall far short of the recommendations his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis made in its preliminary report in July. The final report is due next week and Trump pledged he'd act on it.It's also not clear who will spearhead Trump's effort, given that there are vacancies or acting directors in several key agencies, including the DEA and HHS. Without clear leadership, "this is going nowhere," said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.The Christie commission in its preliminary report recommended mandatory education for doctors and waiving a longstanding federal prohibition on using Medicaid funds to pay for inpatient substance abuse treatment — which the panel said was the single fastest way to increase treatment. Trump did call for some mandatory training for federal prescribers, such as doctors who work in the DoD or the Department of Veterans Affairs. Physician groups say some training has already been policy for a few years. The CDC has also put out prescribing guidelines.Trump also said states could apply to lift some restrictive Medicaid rules for inpatient substance abuse treatment, again without many specifics or a commitment for more money, although officials said details would come soon. States are already able to seek waivers — without extra money — and it wasn't immediately clear whether Trump was expediting those waivers or suggesting a much more liberal policy.Trump also highlighted public-private sector efforts underway through the NIH to develop safer non-addictive pain treatments.Michael Fraser, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, urged Congress to act. "The lack of resources is concerning to us since the opioid epidemic is presenting lots of challenges for states' budgets," he said.Advocates worry about redirecting other health funds administered by HHS, particularly from programs such as those for HIV prevention.“There are some measures in the package that suggest states could shift money away from HIV to the opioid crisis, but the fact is patients who are suffering from the opioid crisis, they have other health concerns too," said Tiffany Kaszuba, deputy director of the Coalition for Health Funding. "It's not even robbing Peter to pay Paul anymore. It's robbing Peter to pay Peter."Even without more cash, some experts noted that HHS and other agencies could use their emergency powers to act on some other recommendations of the Christie commission. "This could set the stage for something more to come," said Cynthia Reilly, director of the Pew Charitable Trusts substance use prevention and treatment initiative.But the declaration as unveiled Thursday did not include other priorities identified by state and local officials. For example, it won't immediately address access to the emergency overdose treatment naloxone. The price of the drug has soared in the past couple of years, making it hard for cash-strapped emergency departments to stock it. And addiction experts say that's crucial, particularly in rural areas.Ohio was able to negotiate a lower price of naloxone for emergency medicine agencies and police officers, but at a cost of $40 a vial it’s still too high for many EMS agencies, particularly as some of the stronger opioids now require multiple doses per patient, said Carol Cunningham, Ohio’s state medical director for the department of public safety’s EMS division and the chairperson of the National Association of State EMS Officals. Policy experts said the administration's decision to use a public health emergency fund instead of a national emergency declaration under the separate Stafford Act is insufficient."You show me in the past a national public health emergency declaration with no accompanying funds or even requests for funds, I’d be pretty surprised," said Andrew Kessler, who runs Slingshot Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in behavioral health and drug abuse.Some states had hoped to see more help to build out programs that show promise. Rhode Island, for instance, wants to establish a pre-arrest diversion program so that law enforcement sends people using opioids to treatment instead of jail. "We know that prevents deaths, and criminalization does not,” said Rhode Island’s Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott.According to a summary released by the White House, but not mentioned by the president, the Department of Labor will be able to give emergency grants to states for workers displaced by the opioid crisis if funds are available. However, the administration has proposed a 40 percent cut to dislocated worker grants and training.Trump said in August and then again last week that he would declare the crisis a national emergency, which would give the administration more tools to fight the crisis but also raise a host of legal and economic issues. At the time, officials were considering using the Stafford Act, which is typically reserved for natural disasters and administered by FEMA. Former HHS Secretary Tom Price, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney and the White House Domestic Policy Council had objected to such a declaration because of its potential multi-billion-dollar price tag, legal issues and questions about how it could be implemented.The more measured response speaks to the complexity of a drug epidemic that is pervasive yet not isolated in a particular time or place like a hurricane or a fire.Another official added the administration has already spent $1 billion on the opioid crisis since the president took office. Roughly $500 million for drug addiction response efforts was provided under the 21st Century Cures Act signed into law by former President Barack Obama last year.The declaration of public health emergency lasts 90 days but can be renewed.Adam Cancryn, Ian Kullgren and Rachana Pradhan contributed to this report.

27 октября, 01:03

McCarthy, Hoyer lead delegation to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Florida

McCarthy said in a statement that the trip 'will underscore the bipartisan commitment to immediate and long-term support' for 'our fellow citizens.'

26 октября, 21:47

What’s Trump’s Problem With Black Women?

I left the GOP because of how the party treats women of color. But I’ve never seen anything like this.

26 октября, 15:56

Trump vows to 'liberate' Americans from 'scourge of drug addiction'

But critics say his words won't mean much without the money to back them up.

26 октября, 12:45

Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Home and Family Fire Safe

Recent California wildfires make us worry about our family's safety. Here's our best advice on staying safe and recovering from fires.

23 января 2015, 18:09

Загадочная смерть оппозиционного режиссёра.

Этот режиссёр работал на сценарием к фильму о введении федерального военного положения.  Комел и Дэвид Кроули. Независимый режиссёр и его родственники были найдены мёртвыми в Миннесоте, и только через несколько дней СМИ выдали короткие заметки об «очевидном самоубийстве». В субботу их сосед сообщил властям об обнаружении безжизненных тел 29-летнего сценариста, продюсера и ветерана армии Дэвида Кроули (David Crowley), его 28-летней жены Комел (Komel) и их 5-летней дочери Рэни (Rani), которые лежали в своём доме на Эппл-Валли. Их сосед Коллин Прочнов (Collin Prochnow) решил разобраться, почему на пороге дома семьи режиссёра в течение нескольких недель стоят пакеты. Прочнов сказал, что после звонка в дверь он заглянул в окно и «увидел на полу три трупа, а рядом с ними чёрный пистолет», - сообщает канал KARE11. Очевидно, что трупы лежали уже несколько дней. Соседи подозревают, что они погибли во время рождественских праздников. Правоохранительные агентства расследуют причины смерти, но полиция до сих пор не опубликовала своё заявление. Есть информация, что они считают эту смерть «подозрительной», - сообщает Daily Mail. «Кроули проходил службу в Ираке. Всего он прослужил в армии 5 лет. С Комел он познакомился во время службы в Техасе», - сообщает New York Daily News. Соседи говорят, что не обратили внимания на отсутствие семьи, но ранее они видели Кроули, когда тот играл во дворе со своей дочерью. Хотя раскрытая информация очень скудна, в протоколах предполагается, что Кроули мог чувствовать себя неуютно, недавно он коротко постригся, разместил фотографии в социальных сетях и «начал тяготиться утомлением», - сообщает Star Tribune. Дополнительные подозрительные обстоятельства смерти связаны с противоречивым характером последнего проекта Кроули под названием «Серое государство (Gray State)» - давно ожидаемым независимым фильмом о жестоком полицейском государстве, о военном положении, о биометрической идентификации, о тотальной слежке и штурмовиках FEMA, загоняющих диссидентов в свои лагеря. Один актёр из рекламного ролика к «Серому государству» по имени Чарльз Хаббелл (Charles Hubbell) сказал Pioneer Press, что Кроули выглядел рассудительным и был уверен в успехе. «Он выглядел основательным и целенаправленным, в нём не было ничего суетливого», - сказал Хаббелл. – «Всё время, пока я работал с ним, он не проявлял агрессии или суеты, в нём не было ничего странного или ненормального. Он был одним из тех, кому я всегда верил, он был успешным». Создание его фильма с октября 2012 года оплачивала компания Indiegogo, потратив 61332 доллара на «подготовительные нужды». Кроули также работал над документальным фильмом «Серое государство. Возвышение». Это «документальный фильм, который прославляет красоту свободы, по сравнению с угнетением, рабством и тиранией», - говорится на странице фильма. На этой странице появилось сообщение, оплакивающее потерю режиссёра. В сентябре 2012 года режиссёр Дэвид Кроули и сопродюсер «Серого государства» Дэнни Мейсон (Danny Mason) дали интервью в программе Алекса Джонса (Alex Jones Show). «Возвращаясь к разговору о природе сопротивления: сопротивление – это победа. Это говорит о том, что «Серое государство» делает хорошую работу, описывая…», - говорил Кроули. – «Даже если вас убьют за сопротивление, на метафизическом уровне акт сопротивления очень ценен…».  Рекламный ролик «Серого государства». Источник: Anti-Establishment Movie Director Found Dead, Adan Salazar, Infowars.com, January 19, 2015.