Chairwoman Roybal-Allard Statement on Biden Administration Committing $3.46 Billion in Hazard Mitigation Funds to Reduce Effects of Climate Change
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Biden Administration approved $3.46 billion in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to increase resilience to the impacts of climate change nationwide. This significant investment will be available for natural hazard mitigation measures across the 59 major disaster declarations issued due to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security which oversees FEMA funding, issued the following statement:
“As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, I am pleased and grateful that the Biden Administration has announced nearly $3.5 billion in funding for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, of which nearly $500 million would be allocated to my home state of California. While amid other disasters, providing HMGP funding is a given, the previous administration declined to do so in response to disaster declarations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why I co-sponsored legislation in the last Congress requiring that the previous administration take this needed action. President Biden’s decision to take this important step shows that he understands how critical these funds are to help protect our residents and property from the risks of future disasters such as earthquakes, wildfires, storms, and mudslides.
“Now more than ever, as we continue to rebuild and recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and invest in our nation’s infrastructure, we must ensure that states have the necessary resources to counter the effects of climate change. Congressionally-mandated studies have proven that in addition to protecting lives and property, mitigation projects save $6 for every $1 invested by Federal taxpayers. I thank the Biden Administration for approving these funds to protect the American people, our communities, and our nation from future disasters.”