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Manier Lobbies For FEMA Changes While In D.C.
Washington Mayor Gary Manier is headed home after attending the President's State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C.
Manier was a guest of Senator Mark Kirk.
Manier tells WMBD's "Greg and Dan" he hopes a bill co-sponsored by Senator Mark Kirk and Senator Kirk Dillard will change the equation FEMA uses in awarding disaster assistance after natural disasters.
Manier says if the bill is approved, what's happened to Washington and other Illinois towns hit by the November tornadoes won't happen to other communties. Washington and several other Illinois towns have been denied funding from FEMA because they have not reached the $17.8 million spending threshold.
Although President Obama talked about the disaster in the Philippines, and how the U.S. helped in their recovery, Manier says he's disappointed the president didn't talk about his home state of Illinois, and the towns hit by the November 17th tornadoes.