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Disaster Commission Legislation Introduced In Both Houses Of Congress

Similar bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to create a bipartisan commission to study and propose policies that would enable the U.S. government to deal more effectively with national disasters. Clearly, the bills are a response to the failure of government at all levels to meet the immediate needs of Katrina victims and the longer-term problems of rebuilding.
The House bill (H.R. 5891), the Catastrophic Disaster Risk and Insurance Commission Act, would set up a bipartisan study group. The Commission would be expected to come up with recommendations to mitigate future costs, reduce fraud and abuse, and hedge any risk exposure taken on by the federal government in connection with a national catastrophe program. The House bill was introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) and co-sponsored by nine Republicans and Democrats. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced a similar bill in the Senate earlier.