Appropriations Committee approves Rouda-led effort directing FEMA to prioritize relief for communities facing climate change

June 13, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In April, Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48) led a request with 46 other members of Congress to the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee to include report language directing FEMA to consider the heightened risks posed to communities by climate change in developing guidance and reviewing grant applications for mitigation programs. This language would help prioritize federal funding to support local governments facing the reality of climate change, including those in CA-48, in reducing their overall risk and supporting the resiliency of their infrastructure. The full House Appropriations Committee adopted this language and can be located on page 55 of this report.

Said Rouda, “In Orange County, climate change has already arrived. As climate change gives rise to stronger storms, worsening floods, catastrophic wildfires, and other increasingly severe weather events, it could not be more important for FEMA’s grant programs to help prepare communities for the effects of the climate crisis. I’m pleased that the committee report included language I requested to do just that, and I’m grateful for the 46 other members of Congress who worked with me towards this important step for our communities.

The report accompanying the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, as approved by the Appropriations Committee, includes the following language:

In developing guidance and reviewing applications for mitigation programs, the Committee directs FEMA to consider the heightened risks posed to communities by climate change.

The full letter and list of cosigned members of Congress can be found here.

 

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