National disaster preparation and response plan gets bipartisan traction
Ray Lehmann, a senior fellow at the Washington-based R Street Institute, a free market-oriented public policy group, said “we’re hopeful” that the private and public sector actions will lead to movement on comprehensive disaster policy.
The institute also is a member of SmarterSafer.org, a coalition of environmental, insurer, free market and other groups that support mitigation efforts and oppose government subsidies of construction in environmentally sensitive and unsafe areas.
Mr. Lehmann said that the executive order has drawn resistance from some Republican senators. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., for example, questioned the executive order’s legality.
“We don’t believe there is anything remarkable in the executive order, but it’s something that could be contentious,” he said.