H.R. 23, National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015

H.R. 23

National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015

Date
January 7, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 23, the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 23 was introduced on January 6, 2015 by Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) and referred to the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

Bill Summary

H.R. 23 is similar to H.R. 1786, the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2014, legislation that passed in the House on July 14, 2014 by voice vote.[1]

H.R. 23 reauthorizes the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) through fiscal year 2017.  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 assess the priorities for the 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.  The Advisory Committee would sunset on September 30, 2017.

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[1] See http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2014-07-14/pdf/CREC-2014-07-14-pt1-PgH6144-2.pdf#page=1, H6147.

Background

“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.”[2]  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. 23 will strengthen and streamline these efforts.

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[2] Committee Report 113-380, at 5.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable.  This legislation would authorize $21.4 million per year for fiscal years 2015-2017, subject to the availability of appropriations

Additional Information

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