JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Missouri lawmakers want to challenge the federal government before paying a portion of the damage costs from flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

Typically, the federal government pays many of the immediate costs for disaster response and aid, then bills state and local government for 25 percent of the total.

At a Senate committee meeting Tuesday, several lawmakers suggested Missouri should challenge the cost-share arrangement before paying its part of the flood-related bills. The senators say the flooding was caused by the management decisions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the federal government should be responsible for the full costs.

Some senators said they want Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to take up the issue of how much the federal government should pay.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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