Democratic leaders call for FEMA back in Cabinet

Democrats are urging President Bush to return the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to Cabinet-level status.

The suggestion is contained in a counterterrorism proposal from congressional Democrats and national-security experts, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta.

Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal The Trail 2016: 11 hours, 800 pages, 0 changed minds Senate faces critical vote on Puerto Rico MORE (D-Nev.) said, "Restore FEMA to its Cabinet-level status. It should've been done yesterday."

Podesta recommended direct FEMA access to the White House "like the Department of Homeland Security so that it has responsibility for consequence management."

The Democrats' proposals include tactical counterterrorism, strategic counterterrorism and homeland security.