|House Transportation Committee Gives Approval to Flood Recovery Bill
Washington, D.C. – Legislation to help Missourians recover from this year’s devastating floods and better prepare for future floods was approved today by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill, the “Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act” (H.R. 3779), allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide Missouri and other states resources to set up a fund for mitigation projects that reduce disaster risks.
Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06), who serves as Ranking Member of the Committee, made the following statement after pushing for changes to the bill that would help North Missouri.
“This year’s flooding has absolutely devastated North Missouri. Levees up and down the Missouri, Mississippi and rivers in-between were breached. We’ve got to make sure that our river communities have the ability to recover, as well as prevent future flooding. I’m glad we were able make important changes to the Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act, particularly the inclusion of non-federal levees, providing another important tool to help our communities, farmers, and businesses better prepare for future disasters. I want to thank the Chairman for working with the Committee’s Republican Members to move forward today on these bipartisan measures.”
In his remarks before the Transportation Committee, Graves applauded Clarksville, Missouri Mayor Jo Anne Smiley for advocating for the bill. Clarksville, located along the Mississippi River in Pike County, was inundated by floodwaters again this year.
“I want to personally thank Mayor Jo Anne Smiley for bringing these ideas forward. She is a champion for her community and is always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for those who live and work along the Mississippi River. It’s always great to partner with folks like Mayor Smiley to put forth legislation that can help North Missourians.”
Earlier this year, Graves introduced similar legislation – the “Resilient Communities Act of 2019.” Several elements of that bill were incorporated into the “Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act,” specifically the inclusion of non-federal levees.
By expanding the types of projects eligible – for example, repair and reconstruction of non-federal levees – the bill will support and enhance FEMA’s existing mitigation programs. Under the bill, assistance can also be applied to projects related to non-profits and businesses, if they reduce flood risk.