With a budget shortfall that could be $5 billion, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is only paying for "immediate needs" of disaster-stricken communities.
Tropical Storm Irene has killed 37 people in 11 states as of Monday and left millions of people on the East Coast struggling with its aftermath. Here are links to online coverage of the storm.
The move is raising concern of Sen. Claire McCaskill.
St. Louis-area workers are helping restore power in areas hit by the storm. The company says the workers could be gone up to three weeks.
Power outages and massive flooding continue to disrupt life on the East Coast. But despite these concerns, early estimates suggest a much smaller impact than Hurricane Katrina, which rocked the Gulf area in 2005 and caused more than $100 billion in damage.
One utility reported that more than 297,000 customers were without power Monday morning. Although state offices were open, school openings have been delayed, and businesses are taking a toll.
Tropical Storm Irene prompted the first-ever shutdown of New York's transit system for a natural disaster, but Monday morning, the subways were running again. Some parts of the transit system, however, are still closed or delayed.
Stripped of hurricane rank, Tropical Storm Irene spent the last of its fury Sunday. The nation's most populous region looked to a new week and the arduous process of getting back to normal.
Learn more about the effects of the East Coast hurricane.
People across the Eastern Seaboard cope, prepare and watch for Hurricane Irene.
At least six people have died as a result of the storm. Nearly 1.9 million homes and businesses are without power in North Carolina and Virginia.
After its arrival early Saturday morning, Hurricane Irene continues its damage as it moves along the East Coast.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the enormous storm had weakened some earlier Saturday morning, but the landfall has little significance as Irene remains a dangerous storm.
Swells and 6- to 9-foot waves showed up along the North Carolina shore Friday morning. As the strongest storm to hit the East Coast in seven years approached, people in New Jersey, Maryland and New York prepared to evacuate.
The storm could reach refineries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania by Sunday, and the refineries have started shutting down in preparation. Drivers can expect to pay more at the gas pump.
The president has been receiving regular briefings about the storm, and he will make a statement about it from his vacation rental in Martha's Vineyard.
Hurricane Irene has prompted transportation shutdowns and evacuations up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
Irene is expected to hit North Carolina's Outer Banks on Saturday afternoon, and evacuations were ordered in Dare County, N.C.
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., led to evacuations throughout the East Coast.
This will be the first time the new heat dismissal procedure is used, said Michelle Baumstark, community relations coordinator for Columbia Public Schools.