Bush Objects To New FEMA Director Qualifications

George W. Bush, having taken a look (or at least having been told about) Congress's proposed overhaul of FEMA, is...

| Sat Oct. 7, 2006 1:02 PM EDT

George W. Bush, having taken a look (or at least having been told about) Congress's proposed overhaul of FEMA, is objecting to--wait for it--the list of qualifications for FEMA's director. The standards set by Congress include five years of management experience, demonstration of emergency management skills, and the authority to make recommendations directly to Congress, a measure also rejected by Bush.

Bush's objections came in the form of yet another signing statement. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, who chaired a House Katrina investigation, said "Good luck getting someone confirmed who doesn't meet these standards."