Washington D.C- As of June 13, U.S senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth have brought back the Fairness in Federal Disaster Declarations Act. The purpose of this bill is to reforge the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster declaration process to make greater transparency and more equitable for more communities in the states. This bill was introduced in 2012 after FEMA was denied for federal assistance. Gov. J.B. Pritzker discussed the disasters that happened in the 34 of 102 counties in Illinois that including floods or tornadoes.
Duckworth said “As Americans, it’s our responsibility to support one another in times of need, especially when our communities are devastated by disasters and severe weather. Unfortunately, the current FEMA foruma fails to provide many smaller, rural communities in Illinois with resources to rebuild and recover”. The plan of action is to calculate the cost of assistance when it comes to these disasters. It’s possible that insurance coverage could be reduced to 10 percent. FEMA deducts insurance held by the government to take into consideration any disasters that occur over the year.
Sen. Durbin mentioned how he witnessed severe flooding over the weekend which put more stress on Illinois farmer. Flooding will affect farmers which hurts the agricultural markers such as Mexico to China. The purpose of the bill is to consider local assessable tax base, median income, and local poverty rate in case unpredicted disasters occur.The original story by Jared Dubach can be found here:https://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/news/20190618/us-senators-introduce-disaster-legislation