Wednesday, June 21, 2006


The House passed legislation imposing sentences of up to 30 years for fraud related to disaster relief.

The legislation, approved by a voice vote, was brought to the House floor a week after Congressional investigators concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was defrauded of up to $1.4 billion as it rushed to provide relief last year after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
It would be nice to know a little more about the bill. For example, the bill number, its sponsors, the key provisions, prospects in the Senate. You know, some basic reporting. Sheesh.

Update: Here's the bill. The legislation appears to target not only individual beneficiaries of disaster assistance, but also government contractors and sub-contractors providing products or services related to a disaster.