Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statement on House Passage of T&I Legislation, Including Bills to Help Prepare for Natural Disasters


Date: Sept. 14, 2022
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Environment

This week, the House of Representatives passed six bills within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management with bipartisan support.

"I applaud the House for passing several critical pieces of legislation that will help us address climate change and improve how states and territories are able to respond to natural disasters like wildfires," Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said. "Our planet is in the midst of a climate crisis with consequences like wildfires increasing in frequency; the Wildfire Recovery Act will give states more federal support to suppress wildfires before they become major disasters. When disasters do occur, thanks to the PAW Act, the needs of the furry members of our families will be better met. Additionally, the CREW Act will ensure FEMA staff who come to aid natural disaster victims will have the protections and benefits they deserve. Finally, the BRIGHT Act will help address climate change by requiring federal buildings to use energy-efficient light bulbs, which will reduce our carbon footprint. I want to thank Subcommittee Chair Titus for her work on these critical pieces of legislation. I look forward to these bills being signed into law by the President soon."

"I am proud of these bills that passed the House today with bipartisan support," Rep. Titus (D-NV) said. "They address the critical issues of protecting our beloved pets during disasters, saving taxpayer dollars by making public buildings more energy-efficient, and preventing FEMA reservists from losing their full-time employment while they are assisting communities during natural catastrophes. I want to thank Chairman DeFazio and Chairman Peters for their leadership and support of these measures."