Divisions arise on whether FEMA requires a tear-down
Bush disagrees with talk in Congress of remaking the agency, in or out of Homeland Security
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By JOHANNA NEUMAN
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress and the White House are headed toward a collision over one of the big questions left unresolved in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — whether to beef up the nation's key disaster response agency within the Department of Homeland Security or to create a politically independent agency to handle national emergencies.
Just weeks before the 2006 hurricane season officially begins June 1, a Senate committee on Thursday called for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be dismantled and reconstituted as a new, stronger agency within Homeland Security.