IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 16, 2019
Ms. Baldwin (for herself, Mr. Braun, and Mr. Cardin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works
To require the Secretary of Transportation to develop best practices for incorporating resilience into emergency relief projects, and for other purposes.
Emergency relief program
In this Act:
Emergency relief project
The term emergency relief project means a project carried out under the emergency relief program under section 125 of title 23, United States Code.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of Transportation.
Improving the emergency relief program
Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall—
revise the emergency relief manual of the Federal Highway Administration—
to include and reflect a definition of the term
to identify procedures that States may use to incorporate resilience into emergency relief projects; and
to encourage the use of Complete Streets design principles and consideration of access for moderate- and low-income families impacted by a declared disaster;
develop best practices for improving the use of resilience in—
the emergency relief program under section 125 of title 23, United States Code; and
emergency relief efforts;
provide to division offices of the Federal Highway Administration and State departments of transportation information on the best practices developed under paragraph (2); and
develop and implement a process to track—
the consideration of resilience as part of the emergency relief program under section 125 of title 23, United States Code; and
the costs of emergency relief projects.