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ICYMI: 2018 Needs to Be the Year Congress Changes the Way We Respond to Natural Disasters

Contact: Marguerite Seidel
(202) 828-7196

By Tom Santos

After a record year of natural catastrophes, Congress is considering an additional $80 billion in disaster aid in response. If approved, this would bring the total supplemental disaster spending for the year to more than $132 billion — including wildfire relief and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) debt forgiveness. For context, this amount is more than double what was allocated for the deadly and destructive Hurricane Sandy in 2013. 

Fiscally, it is no secret that we cannot afford to continue down this path. As a nation, we need to rethink the way we address natural catastrophes. With the imminent need to reauthorize the flood insurance program, we urge lawmakers to use this opportunity as the catalyst for serious natural catastrophe reforms in 2018.

To read the full op-ed, click here.



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