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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Protects Disaster Survivors, Holds FEMA Accountable

March 1, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that the three year FEMA recoupment statute of limitations from his first bill, the Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act, has been included in the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015 which passed the House February 29, 2016.

MacArthur’s provision was designed to hold FEMA accountable and prevent them from trying to “recoup” money from innocent taxpayers. The three year statute of limitations on recoupment was included in Congressman MacArthur’s first bill, the Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act. After its introduction, MacArthur pushed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to include the three year statute of limitations in the final FEMA reauthorization. This inclusion will prohibit FEMA from recouping disaster assistance three calendar years after the payment was made.
 “This provision is a step in the right direction to protect natural disaster victims from recoupment years after their claims have been received. I am extremely pleased our protections for homeowners and disaster victims have passed the U.S. House of Representatives, giving families in New Jersey one less thing to worry about on the long road to recovery.”