Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously passed the Preparedness and Risk Management for Extreme Weather Patterns Assuring Resilience (PREPARE) Act. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17) and Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07), enhances government preparedness for extreme weather situations, saving both lives and taxpayer dollars.

The devastating storms that have hit the United States this year prove that the U.S. must be prepared to protect property and life when a disaster strikes. The bill ensures that federal agencies are sharing information appropriately and using best practices from other disasters relief efforts from across the nation.

H.R. 4177 would also establish a federal interagency council who would provide recommendations on the best way to plan and prepare for extreme weather circumstances. State and local actors would contribute information on their successes and how they have dealt with similar situations.

The Coalition to Reduce Spending is proud to support bipartisan legislation that saves both money and potentially the lives of American citizens. We ask Congress to pass the bill as soon as possible so that these reforms are implemented before we face another natural disaster.