Finding Funding for FEMA? Take a Look at Iraq

From the National Priorities Project (http://nationalpriorities.org/):

 

NPP Releases A Host of New Numbers Related to the Costs of a Decade of War

 

With much of the eastern seaboard still reeling from the effects of hurricane Irene, and villages across New England literally cut off from civilization, Republicans in Congress are playing politics with disaster relief funding.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is desperate for emergency funding to meet the urgent needs of families and communities devastated by the storm, many of which are still without power or even under water. Rather than simply approving the funding “off-budget” – which is what Congress traditionally does in such situations – House GOP members are holding FEMA hostage, saying that the $3.6 billion in emergency storm relief funding must be offset by cuts in other federal programs.

 

If they’re looking for ways to offset FEMA disaster relief funding, here’s a good place to start: this year’s spending on the Iraq War ($47.4 billion) alone would pay for all the public disaster funding that FEMA disbursed from Fiscal Year 1999 through Fiscal Year 2010.

 

October 7, 2011 will mark ten years since the beginning of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. With this in mind, NPP has released new numbers, analyses and tools about the costs of a decade at war.

 

Check out our latest Cost of War visualization at http://costofwar.com/en/publications/2011/ten-years-after-911/ten-year-visualization/.

 

What’s in 10 Years After 9/11 (http://costofwar.com/en/publications/2011/ten-years-after-911/)? The following is a brief list:

 

Cost of War Counters (http://costofwar.com/en/) – A running tally of the cost to date of the wars in Iraq and  Afghanistan, along with total war spending, updated every millisecond. New: see the counters roll for the entire nation, your state, county, Congressional District and/or city/town.

 

Trade Offs (http://costofwar.com/en/tradeoffs/) – Explore the magnitude and meaning of U.S. war costs using our interactive trade off tool. New: we’ve updated the tool to include new trade offs focused on housing, an annual grocery bill and a family’s yearly energy bill.

 

Making Sense of War Dollars – A series of visual stories comparing various war-related funding and military spending figures to other budget numbers – such as veterans’ benefits, stimulus funding, Pell grants, and state budget shortfalls, to name a few.

 

Top Ten Military Spending Numbers (you need to know) – New from NPP: here’s a new list of numbers you ought to know about the U.S. military (http://costofwar.com/en/publications/2011/ten-years-after-911/top-ten-security-spending-numbers-you-need-know/).

 

What’s At Stake? - 50 current state-level briefs focused on the local impact of war spending. Check out what your state could have funded if it re-directed war-related federal income tax dollars toward Head Start, health insurance, renewable energy, higher education and more at http://costofwar.com/en/publications/2011/whats-at-stake/.

 

NPP Publications (http://costofwar.com/en/publications/) – Factsheets and analyses related to the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon budget, and security-related spending.

 

NPP Blogs (http://nationalpriorities.org/en/blog/) – A timely look at issues related to war spending and national security, featuring “How Safe Are You? What Almost $8 Trillion in National Security Bought You” (http://nationalpriorities.org/en/blog/2011/08/16/How-Safe-Are-You/) written by NPP’s Christopher Hellman for Tomdispatch.org.

 

War Costs by State (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=217506747860316197593.0004a6b624e2c7ef797d4&msa=0) – NPP used Google Map technology to explore a state’s cost of war and rate of poverty combined with the number of homeless individuals and the percent of people with food insecurity, including people who cut meals or worried about running out of food. Use NPP’s data to tell your own story and share it!

 

Check out If I Had a Trillion Dollars (https://www.facebook.com/IHTDFilms#!/IHTDFilms?sk=info), a national youth video contest, with entries due by January 15, 2012.

 

For real-time updates, connect to Cost of War through Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nationalpriorities) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/#%21/natpriorities).

 

We welcome your thoughts, comments and questions.  Please feel free to be in touch with me at (413) 584-9556 or jo@nationalpriorities.org or visit us on Facebook to share your thoughts.  

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