MacArthur Applauds Committee Passage of FEMA Reform
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur applauded the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for their passage of the FEMA reauthorization bill, and commended the Committee for including his reforms to the disaster assistance recoupment process:
"Since before I was elected, I have been working on behalf of disaster victims who were treated unfairly by FEMA," MacArthur said. "I was pleased that Chairman Shuster included one of our bipartisan solutions in today's bill to bring a little common sense to the recoupment process. As we rebuild and recover in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, I'm glad New Jerseyans will have one less thing to worry about."
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster also released the following statement: "I'd like to thank Congressman Tom MacArthur for his tireless work advocating for victims of natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy, which ravaged his district and the Jersey Shore. In working on this legislation, he presented thoughtful solutions for improving FEMA disaster assistance programs and helped make this a better bill."
Congressman MacArthur introduced the bipartisan Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act with Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) in February, which included a provision to introduce a new 3 year statute of limitations on recoupments of disaster assistance. While MacArthur's bill is still being considered by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Committee elected to include the statute of limitations provision in their annual bill to reauthorize FEMA. This bill, H.R. 1471, passed out of the Committee today and will now move to the full House of Representatives for consideration.