The month of June introduced a flood of new bills, particularly surrounding flood insurance reform. The National Flood Insurance Program is $24.6 billion in debt, and storms are only increasing in frequency and intensity, leaving lawmakers searching for improvements as the program’s current authorization nears expiration.
The reforms were split into several bills that each passed out of committee and will be merged into one bill before seeing time on the House floor: the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act (H.R. 1422), the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act (H.R. 1558), and the National Flood Insurance Program Administrative Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 2875), and the Taxpayer Exposure Mitigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 2246), the National Flood Insurance Program Policyholder Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 2868), and the 21stCentury Flood Reform Act (H.R. 2874)
Lawmakers introduced legislation to strengthen their communities’ understanding of the ocean and coastal areas and to train young fishers. The Ocean Acidification Innovation Act of 2017 (H.R. 2882) and the Coastal Communities Ocean Innovation Act of 2017 (H.R. 2719) aim to asses vulnerability and to find solutions for ocean acidification. The Everglades for the Next Generation Act (H.R.2691) would give the Army Corps of Engineers the authority to move ahead with Everglades restoration projects without waiting for Congress’ approval. Additionally, the bipartisan Young Fishermen’s Development Act of 2017 (S. 1323) would train and assist the next generation of commercial fishers.
Several bills promoting climate solutions were introduced, seemingly in response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. The Climate Change National Strategy Act of 2017 (H.R. 2908) would direct federal agencies and departments to consider climate change impacts in the development of national security plans. The SUPER Act of 2017 (H.R. 2858) would promote the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants while the Methane Emissions Mitigation Act (H.R. 2830) would authorize methane (a potent greenhouse gas) leak detection and mitigation research.
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