Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced companion bills in the Senate and House of Representatives to required FEMA to conduct a study and report on best practices in conducting mortality counts after major disasters. “Whether it be Hurricane Maria or another natural disaster to come,” Ms. Kamala Harris stated, “the accuracy of the death toll has a direct impact on an area’s recovery.” These bills come in response to a Harvard study that found the death toll in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria to be over 4600, far higher than the official count of 64.
Members of Congress Call for Investigation of Puerto Rico Recovery Funding Delay, Call for Increased Assistance after Deadly Earthquakes
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) led ten other members of Congress in requesting an inquiry by the HUD Inspector General into whether the Trump administration’s continued delay in providing disaster…February 18, 2020
The following is a review of additional disaster housing recovery developments since the last edition of Memo to Members and Partners (for the article in the previous Memo, see 02/10). Federal…February 18, 2020
The House passed the “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020” (H.R. 5687) by a vote of 235-158 on February 7. The $4.7 billion…February 10, 2020