WASHINGTON (Nov. 2, 2017) – The R Street Institute welcomes today’s unanimous vote by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to pass legislation that would better coordinate federal agencies to respond to natural disasters.
Sponsored by Reps. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., and Leonard Lance, R-N.J., H.R. 4177, the PREPARE Act, would create an interagency council to help plan federal disaster responses and make recommendations on the best way to plan for extreme weather, while also importantly working with stakeholders at the state and local level to disseminate information about preparedness.
“This year’s massive hurricanes and wildfires serve as a reminder that the cost to respond to natural disasters continues to grow, and taxpayers are footing an ever larger part of the bill,” R Street Senior Fellow R.J. Lehmann said. “The PREPARE Act offers a plan to prepare for and coordinate response in ways that are both streamlined and efficient.”