Washington, DC, November 24 – Today, the SmarterSafer Coalition released the following statement on the results of the 2020 Presidential Election:
The SmarterSafer Coalition congratulates President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and looks forward to working with the new administration on environmentally responsible, fiscally sound approaches to natural catastrophe policy that prioritize public safety. Since its inception, the Coalition has served as a bridge across the aisle, working to identify bi-partisan policy solutions that can have a huge impact on our country’s disaster preparedness framework. We expect President-elect Biden’s extensive Senate experience and his commitment to climate action to complement the Coalition’s efforts to bring about meaningful change.
Current bi-partisan legislation such as the Build for Future Disasters Act and the Flood Resiliency and Taxpayer Savings Act exemplify areas of compromise that will ensure American communities are better protected from climate risks such as rising sea levels, more active storm seasons, and increasingly destructive wildfires. We strongly urge President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris to work with Congress to find these areas of compromise and, to the extent possible, use the tremendous administrative power that comes with the presidency to advance smarter and safer climate adaptation policy solutions.
We would respectfully request that President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris prioritize measures, including at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other government agencies, that responsibly and effectively deploy taxpayer dollars to better protect all communities and the environment.
SmarterSafer is a national coalition made up of a diverse chorus of voices united in favor of environmentally responsible, fiscally sound approaches to natural catastrophe policy that promote public safety. SmarterSafer members include taxpayer advocates, environmental groups, insurance interests, housing organizations, and mitigation advocates.
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