House Appropriations Committee Passes DeLauro Amendment Allowing CT Homeowners to Receive FEMA Aid for Debris Removal
WASHINGTON, DC (June 11, 2019) – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee passed the Department of Homeland Security funding bill for FY2020, which included her amendment reminding Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that they have the authority to provide federal assistance for personal debris removal following natural disasters. Last year, many Connecticut homeowners incurred tens of thousands of dollars in debris removal costs from tornadoes, but were unable to be reimbursed by FEMA under current law.
“I am proud to secure this amendment for Connecticut homeowners and put it on the path to becoming law,” said DeLauro. “The federal government has a key role to play in the aftermath of natural disasters. Families deserve to be made whole, but current law prevents fallen debris on personal property from being considered by FEMA for individual assistance. This change will give homeowners a fair shot at receiving that aid. I will continue to fight to pass this bill in the House, ensure the provision remains in the Senate, and that it receives the President’s signature.”