FEMA recalls some workers to deal with storm; other first responders remain furloughed

As Tropical Storm Karen churned toward the Gulf Coast, Obama administration agencies scrambled Thursday to end furloughs for at least some disaster response employees in FEMA.

However, some Louisiana officials fretted that the federal government shutdown consumes too much political capital and leaves Louisiana families at risk. The results of the impasse over the Affordable Care Act complicated storm preparations and required a shift in focus. Instead of positioning food and water supplies, the most pressing issue was which employees to call back to the office [ . . . ]

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