Culberson Votes to Reform FEMA, Reauthorize FAA
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Culberson (TX-07), Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee on Appropriations (CJS), released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 302, the Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 2018 & the Disaster Recovery Reform Act.
“Passage of this bill is a giant step forward to continue making Houston, and every other community across the nation, more resilient to future natural disasters. Reforming the Stafford Act and putting aside a percentage of federal relief dollars will help us build better and plan smarter so that when the next inevitable disaster strikes, our communities will be ready and will recover faster.
“I’m very pleased that the Disaster Recovery Reform Act includes a legislative fix I spearheaded 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 no longer be prohibited from using HUD grant funding to repay these loans later. I urge Governor Abbott to request this waiver as soon as this bill is signed into law.
“For every dollar spent on better pre-disaster mitigation, we can save anywhere from $4 to $8 in the cost of future recovery. This bill is a bipartisan, bicameral compromise, and I urge the Senate to pass this it as quickly as possible.”
The bipartisan FEMA reforms in DRRA will help communities lessen the impacts of future disasters of all types:
The Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act (FAA) of 2018
Provides a five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that:
Read the full text of H.R. 302 here.