The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has approved HR 219, the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013. The vote was 403 to 0.
The bill is intended to address inefficiencies in Federal Emergency Management Agency programs that slow down and increase costs of recovery, specifically seeking improvements to help strengthen the Hurricane Sandy recovery process.
“By providing FEMA with the tools necessary to streamline recovery efforts, we will save hundreds of millions of dollars and ensure our states and communities can rebuild faster and with greater protection from future events,” Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Pa., who introduced the bill, said in a written statement.
The bill now moves to the Senate for approval.