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Washington D.C.
Culberson Votes to Reform FEMA, Restore Infrastructure
News Release
Friday, April 27, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative John Culberson (TX-07), Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee on Appropriations (CJS), released the following statement after H.R. 4, the Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 2018 & the Disaster Recovery Reform Act passed the House.

“The Disaster Recovery Reform Act is a giant step forward to help prepare Houston and every other community across the nation for future natural disasters. Setting aside a percentage of federal relief dollars and reforming the Stafford Act will allow us to build better and plan smarter so that when a disaster strikes, our communities will recovery more quickly.

“I’m very pleased that the Disaster Recovery Reform Act includes a legislative fix I pushed for in the House-passed version of the disaster relief bill. This provision would allow Governor Greg Abbott to request a waiver so that Harvey survivors who took out SBA loans to repair their homes will be eligible to use HUD grant funding to repay these loans later.

“For every dollar spent on better mitigation, we can save anywhere from $4 to $8 in the cost of future recovery. I urge the Senate to pass this bill.”

Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRAA):

The bipartisan FEMA reforms in DRRA will help communities lessen the impacts of future disasters of all types:

  • Focuses on building smarter and building better before disaster strikes.
  • Recognizes the benefits of taking action before a catastrophe occurs, and reforms FEMA and the Stafford Act so that states and local governments can invest in pre-disaster hazard mitigation.
  • Clarifies what may be eligible for mitigation funding, making sure investments are cost effective and reduce risk.
  • Speeds recovery by creating efficiencies in FEMA’s programs such as getting structures inspected faster.

The Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act (FAA) of 2018

FAA is a five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that:

  • Keeps America as the world leader in aviation by putting American jobs, American innovation, and the traveling public first.
  • Cuts Washington red tape so that our manufacturers can get products to market on time, stay competitive globally, and continue to employ millions of Americans.
  • Encourages American innovation in aviation technologies to promote a stronger American workforce.
  • Ensures that our airport infrastructure connects our businesses and the increasing number of air travelers to the world.
  • Gives the American travelers a better flight experience.
  • Ensures our system remains the safest in the world for air travelers and addresses factors related to recent incidents.

Read the full text of H.R. 4 here.

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