Daytona Beach Congressman Ron DeSantis released a statement after the Senate confirmed new FEMA Administrator Brock Long. The confirmation comes as Florida heads into the 2017 Hurricane season.
DeSantis had these words on social media on Tuesday afternoon..
“The Senate has just confirmed Brock Long as the new FEMA administrator with a 95-4 vote. Brock brings years of experience to the agency, having previously served as the head of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. I look forward to working with both FEMA and our local officials to ensure that our region is prepared to adequately respond to emergencies.”
Both Florida Senators, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson voted in favor of Long. The state’s relationship with FEMA has been contentious in recent years with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle citing long response times from the agency during emergencies. This includes natural disasters such as Hurricanes, like Matthew last year, and terrorist attacks like the Pulse night club shooting that took place here in Orlando.