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H.R. 2548 (116th): Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act

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About the bill

Should a state or municipality have to wait for the federal government to approve their application for a post-recovery construction or infrastructure project before they can proceed?


A state or locality applying for federal dollars for a construction or recovery project following a natural disaster must wait for an official ‘yes’ or ‘no’ from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) before they can begin construction or buy the needed land.

These replies are often slow to arrive, even when time is of the essence.

What the bill does

The Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects (HELP) Act is a bipartisan bill that would allow more post-recovery projects to go ahead before receiving federal approval, as long as the project “complies with all other eligibility requirements of the hazard mitigation assistance ...

Sponsor and status

Lizzie Fletcher

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 18, 2019
Length: 4 pages
May 7, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on December 17, 2019 but was never passed by the Senate.


17 Cosponsors (12 Democrats, 5 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Passes First Original Bill: HELP Act to Expedite Recovery Process After Disasters
    — Rep. Lizzie Fletcher [D-TX7] (Sponsor) on Dec 17, 2019

Olson Applauds Passage of HELP Act to Expedite Recovery Process After Disasters
    — Rep. Pete Olson [R-TX22, 2009-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 17, 2019

My Votes – Week of December 16
    — Rep. Cathy Rodgers [R-WA5] on Dec 20, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 2548 will add $17 million in new spending through 2021.
R Street Institute estimates H.R. 2548 will add $17 million in new spending through 2021.


May 7, 2019

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Jun 26, 2019
Ordered Reported

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Dec 12, 2019
Reported by House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

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Dec 17, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 2548 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2548. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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