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PIA Lauds Craig Fugate On His Confirmation As Director of FEMA

The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Fugate has run Florida's emergency management agency under two Republican...
May 19, 2009

The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Fugate has run Florida's emergency management agency under two Republican governors. He was appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush. President Obama described him as uniquely qualified to lead the country's emergency disaster response. He was confirmed late last Tuesday by a voice vote.

"As an independent insurance agent in Florida, I have seen first-hand the outstanding work of Mr. Fugate," said PIA National Vice President/Treasurer Brian Marino, in a press statement following Fugate's confirmation. "The citizens of Florida have benefited greatly from his leadership. We are particularly grateful for his focus on mitigation efforts that save lives. We congratulate him and wish him well in his new position as FEMA Director."

Fugate's nomination was held up for 12 days because Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) placed a hold on it, complaining that the agency was dragging its feet on key hurricane rebuilding projects in Louisiana. Under Senate rules, a single senator can hold up votes because most nominations are brought up under a procedure requiring unanimous consent of all senators. After coming under intense pressure for delaying the confirmation of the FEMA director just weeks before the start of the hurricane season, Vitter finally relented after getting a letter from Nancy Ward, FEMA's acting administrator, saying, "We share your desire to achieve solutions that meet the needs and are in the best interests of those affected."

Senate Confirms FEMA Chief (Associated Press 5/13/09)