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Pa. Flood Victims May Suffer in Congress’ Fight

Spending dispute in Congress could mean Pennsylvania flood victims won't get money

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    Pa. Flood Victims May Suffer in Congress’ Fight
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    Livestock barns on the Bloomsburg Fairground, Bloomsburg, Pa., are covered with flood water from the Susquehanna River to their roof line Friday, Sept., 9, 2011, with only two week before the scheduled start of the fair. (AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Jimmy May)

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency says its disaster relief fund could run out sometime next week, and that might affect Pa. flood victims who are eligible for help.

    FEMA officials said Thursday it's possible that a spending dispute in Congress could mean there won't be federal money to help state residents, but at this point they can't say for certain.

    House Republican leaders are trying to get the votes to approve a $3.7 billion disaster aid package that was surprisingly defeated on Wednesday.

    FEMA spokeswoman Rachel Racusen says the administration will do what it can under current legal authority to continue individual assistance, but she calls it a “critical situation” that the agency is watching closely.