The Senate voted 87 to 11 to replace FEMA with a new federal agency named EMA--Emergency Management Agency. The Sentate did not restore the cabinet level position that FEMA once had. EMA will remain in the DHS--Department of Homeland Security. The major change appears to be that EMA will report directly to the President in times of major disaster.
I fail to see how this will help under the current Bush administration. He will probably be on vacation whenever a disaster strikes. Michael Brown, "hired" by the Bush administration, took the brunt of the criticism for FEMA's unraveling when Hurricane Katrina hit. However, the buck stops with Michael Chertoff and President Bush. It seems the Senate is simply passing the buck on this one.
Doesn't the Senate realize that we, the people, are sick of all the political window dressing and "spin?" Final passage may not occur since the House is considering a version that would take FEMA OUT of the DHS and restore it to the former structure that worked successfully in the past.
However, the House bill does not address the fact that the current White House resident is "incompetent."