ICYMI in CQ/RollCall: FAA Authorization Headed for House Floor Vote Next Week
In case you missed it, CQ previewed next week’s House floor action on H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the programs of the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years, provide long-term stability for the Nation’s aviation community, continue investment in U.S. airports, and make necessary reforms to improve American competitiveness and safety in aviation.
In addition to reauthorizing federal aviation programs, the bill includes the Disaster Recovery Reform Act DRRA), another bipartisan bill that passed the House with broad support in December, but was not taken up by the Senate. The DRRA provisions of H.R. 4 will reform Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs to help communities better prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against disasters of all kinds. Increasing the federal emphasis on predisaster planning and mitigation – building smarter and building better – will reduce the potential for future loss of life and help reduce the rising costs of disasters.
More information about the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4) is available here.
More information about the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (as included in H.R. 4), is available here.
A few excerpts from the article are below. To read the full article, click here.
The bill focuses on provisions meant to improve pre-disaster planning and mitigating disasters when they do happen. It would add resiliency to the allowable uses of FEMA hazard mitigation funding and would allow grants for infrastructure and economic development to be used for disaster mitigation. It also would expands the list of authorized activities that count as hazard mitigation.…