CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, July 14, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 1786, the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2014, under a suspension of the rules. H.R. 1786 was introduced on April 26, 2013 by Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) and referred to the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote.
H.R. 1786 reauthorizes the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) through fiscal year 2015. This legislation amends the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act of 2004 to revise provisions governing the NWIRP, including designating the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as the primary entity responsible for the Program. The bill also directs the NIST to establish an Advisory Committee on Windstorm Impact Reduction, which is required to submit a strategic plan for the NWIRP. The Committee is required to submit a biennial report to the Director of OSTP on the progress made toward achieving the goals set out by the strategic plan.
“In the United States in 2011, windstorms caused nearly $11 billion in total direct property losses, injured nearly 7000 people and took nearly 700 lives.” NWIRP, established in 2004, is a multi-agency program that supports activities to improve the understanding of windstorms and their impacts, and develops and encourages the implementation of cost-effective mitigation measures to reduce these impacts. H.R. 1786 will strengthen and streamline these efforts.
 Committee Report 113-380, at 5.
CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would cost $21 million over the 2015-2019 period, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts.
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