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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

FEMA Reform Passes in the House of Representatives

May 2, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, H.R. 1679, the FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017, cosponsored by Congressman Sires, unanimously passed the House of Representatives.  Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) and Rep. Albio Sires introduced H.R. 1679 to ensure that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) efforts to modernize its grants management system are accessible and transparent. 

“In the disastrous aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, I witnessed the struggles that my constituents faced when applying for disaster aid due to complex application processes.  H.R. 1679 would help to streamline the system, and therefore speed up disaster recovery, by allowing agencies to share information with state and local governments.  It would also ensure that individuals will not have to file multiple applications for different FEMA grants.”

“I am grateful to Chairman Graves for introducing H.R. 1679 and for the strong support we received from our colleagues in the House of Representatives.  I look forward to continuing our efforts to improve our disaster response system so we can better provide for those who are suffering in the aftermath of natural disasters” said Rep. Sires