Between 2011 and 2013, Congress spent at least $136 billion on disaster relief, according to a recent study conducted by the Center for American Progress.
As some have pointed out, no one in the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the Office of Management and Budget had any idea of the total number spent prior to this report. The authors were forced to skim supplemental disaster-relief measures and appropriations bills in order to estimate the total cost.
These recent reports and others suggest the problems inherent in this type of spending: often rushed through in the face of national tragedy, disaster relif spending goes on without much information or oversight to be had.
It is critical to research fiscally responsible, environmentally sound, and economically solvent solutions to issues of natural disaster relief.
- Biggert-Waters Act of 2012
- Natural Hazard Risk Reduction Act of 2011
- Earthquake Insurance Affordability Act
- Americans for Smart Natural Disaster Catastrophe
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