Gary Ackerman Quotes
What has the federal government been doing all these years to prepare for a disaster striking a major American city, ... With all the bureaucratic federal agencies, super czars and homeland preparedness, there seems to be no national or regional master plan to evacuate people, bring in relief and adequately deal with a large scale emergency of this nature. Is there a plan in place for how to deal with the profiteers when the resettling and rebuilding begins Is there a plan to freeze oil prices
I never take joy in publicly criticizing my President but questions about the failure of his leadership in the planning and implementation of rescue efforts --- whether now or when the dust settles-have to be asked, ... If a country knows they're going to be attacked whether by Mother Nature or by terrorists, they must be prepared and it's obvious that the federal government was not prepared.
since last fall, I have tried again and again to work with FEMA on this rule so that 911 first responders and their families could start collecting the funds raised by the 911 Heroes Stamp. But at every step, FEMA - which does a spectacular job responding to disasters and emergencies throughout the country - refused to accept input or provide any feedback as to the content of the rule or when it would be published. I have enormous respect and admiration for what FEMA does in crises, which is why I'm so disappointed in this rule. Unfortunately, more than 45 months since the stamp was created, 38 months since the stamp went on sale, and more than six months since beginning work on the rule, what's been produced is, frankly, half-a ed bureaucratic bulls t . New York's best and bravest deserve far, far better than this.
Right now, the government must devote its energy to the rescue and recovery of the affected region and we cannot thank or pay the brave rescue workers enough for the lives they've already saved, ... But we cannot ignore how the federal government has failed to protect the health and safety of its citizens.
In December 2003, after pulling their heads out of the sand, the Department of Agriculture closed the barn door after the mad cow had already escaped, ... This bill will ensure that the door is never opened again to abusing sick animals, jeopardizing the public health, threatening the American consumer's confidence in the safety of our meat and potentially undermining a valuable sector of our economy.