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Committee to Hold Hearing to Review Lessons Learned from Historic Hurricane Season

Washington, D.C., October 30, 2017 | Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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Washington, DC – This Thursday, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will meet for a full committee hearing to explore the key takeaways from this year’s unprecedented hurricane season. The Committee will review the lessons learned in the aftermath of these storms, as well as the challenges and obstacles that may remain in the way of recovery.  These discussions will inform long-term solutions and legislative proposals that will help speed smart recovery in the impacted communities. 

The Committee will receive testimony from Members of Congress whose states and territories were impacted by these storms. The second panel of witnesses will include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which have been actively involved in hurricane response and recovery.

The hearing of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), is entitled, “Emergency Response and Recovery: Central Takeaways from the Unprecedented 2017 Hurricane Season.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017, in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.

Witness list (Updated October 31, 2017):

Panel I:

  • The Honorable Michael T. McCaul, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security, Member of Congress (TX-10), United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Gene Green, Member of Congress (TX-29), United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable John Rutherford, Member of Congress (FL-04), United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Al Lawson, Member of Congress (FL-05), United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Jenniffer González-Colón, Resident Commissioner (PR), United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Stacey Plaskett, Delegate (USVI), United States House of Representatives 

Panel II:

  • The Honorable William Long, Administrator , Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Vice Admiral Karl Schultz, Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, United States Coast Guard
  • Major General Donald E. (Ed) Jackson Jr., Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • The Honorable Pete Lopez, Regional Administrator for Region 2, Environmental Protection Agency 

More information about this hearing, including a witness list, testimony, additional background information, and live webcast, will be posted here as it becomes available.

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