In accordance with provisions of Public Law 107-73, the Departments of Veterans
Affairs and Housing and Urban Develop-ment, and Independent Agencies Appropriations
Act, 2002, I hereby request and make available $250 million for the disaster
relief program of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
These funds would allow DHS to continue providing assistance for disasters
in several States, including the recovery of the Columbia space shuttle and
the damaging winter storms on the East Coast. These funds also would be available
for ongoing response to prior disasters and to ensure that DHS has resources
on hand to provide timely response to future disasters.
I designate these funds made available today as an emergency requirement
pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit
Control Act of 1985, as amended.
The details of this action are set forth in the attached letter from the
Director of the Office of Management and Budget. I concur with his comments