Two Meadows Bills on Disaster Relief Pass Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

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Washington, March 27, 2019 | Ben Williamson (202-225-6401) | comments

RELEASE:
Two Meadows Bills on Disaster Relief Pass Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Washington, D.C. – Today, two bills from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)—H.R. 1306, the Federal Disaster Assistance Coordination Act, and H.R. 1307, the Post-Disaster Assistance Online Accountability Act—passed during a markup in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Both bills are focused on improving the Federal government’s disaster assistance process. H.R. 1306 would identify ways to streamline and consolidate the collection of the assessments administered by Federal agencies following a disaster to speed recovery efforts. H.R. 1307 seeks to improve the transparency of the Federal disaster assistance process. It requires agencies that offer disaster assistance to report data on a regular basis, including the amount of disaster assistance provided by the agency, the amount of assistance expended or obligated, and detailed lists of disaster projects to usaspending.gov.

Both bills were bipartisan and will now go to the full house.

Rep. Meadows released the following statement:

“The legislation we’re moving through today marks significant progress toward streamlining disaster relief efforts and adding needed transparency to the process. These two bipartisan bills, H.R. 1306 and 1307, would help the Federal government consolidate information reporting and provide more access to our constituents on details such as spending or  project updates. I thank my colleague Ranking Member Graves for his leadership of our conference on the Committee, and Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) for working with me on efforts to reform Federal disaster assistance. I look forward to continuing our work on this important issues through this Committee going forward.”

For more details on the markup, click here.

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