April 05, 2022

House of Representatives Passes the Resilient AMERICA Act—A Bipartisan T&I Plan to Deploy Disaster Resources Faster

Washington, DC - Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5689, the Resilient AMERICA Act, a bipartisan bill advanced by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
“Communities around the country are being hit harder than ever before by natural disasters and extreme weather events due to the ongoing climate catastrophe. In addition to taking rapid action to decarbonize, we must also prepare our neighborhoods and infrastructure for these increasingly violent events,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR). “The Resilient AMERICA Act was designed to do just that by putting mitigation and loss prevention at the forefront of our emergency management strategy and I look forward to seeing it signed into law.”
“The Resilient AMERICA Act will reduce disaster damages and hardships by placing a higher priority on disaster mitigation.  In my district, many people have suffered losses to their homes and business because of flooding, and this bill makes commonsense reforms to ensure that we invest more FEMA resources on the front end to reduce and prevent the impacts of floods and other disasters before they can strike,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO).