After the historic flooding of two weeks ago, many in the area continue to pick up the pieces. Hundreds will be looking to the federal government for help with the cleanup. But that help is in question as Congress fights over budget differences.

Remember back to the spring, threats of a federal government shutdown was in the air. That same fight is rearing its ugly head again. The problem is this time, FEMA is in the middle of the funding fight. The agency is facing the real possibility of running out of money by Monday, leaving people in Shipoke and all across the area, high and dry.

The pictures are still amazing to see. Many parts of our area were ravaged by flooding. Homes and buildings submerged under water. The cleanup is well underway. But now, some of the help being promised could be hitting a snag.

"Never before has Congress decided to nickel and dime those in disasters. That's what Republicans are doing today, shortchanging those in areas who can least afford partisan gridlock," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

That partisan gridlock is coming from both sides of the aisle in congress. The Republican controlled House voted down a measure yesterday that would have given the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA over $3.5 billion in funding for disaster relief.

"We're for getting the people the disaster relief they need and doing so in a responsible manner," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, (R-VA).

Conservative Republicans want to match some of that disaster relief spending with offsetting cuts in green automotive technology. That is a pet Democratic project. Party leaders are unwilling to compromise that funding for disaster relief.

"It's unfortunate that the Republicans have chosen once again to put in a poison pill that they knew we would not agree to," said House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer, (D-MD).

But questions over FEMA funding don't end in the House. The Democratically controlled Senate is proposing over $7 billion in funding for FEMA. It's a number that is way too high for Republicans to swallow.

Caught in the middle are thousands of victims of natural disasters. From flooding in our area, to the wildfires in Texas to tornados in the Midwest, thousands are waiting for help that may be soon ending.

Besides the fight over the money for FEMA, the entire federal government is facing a possible shut down again if an agreement is not reached. That deadline is quickly approaching as well. D-day is now set for October 1.

For people looking for help from the federal government, experts are saying to continue the process. File the proper paperwork and documentation to get the process moving. Everyone hopes that this latest budget battle will simply blow over.