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H.R. 1678: To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act concerning the statute of limitations for actions to recover disaster or emergency assistance payments, and for other purposes.

May 3, 2017 at 4:28 p.m. ET. On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1678 (115th) in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 1678 re-establishes a three year statute of limitations on actions to recover Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants provided to state or local governments following a declared disaster. This limitation does not apply in situations where there is evidence of fraud, waste, or abuse.

The Robert T. Stafford Emergency Relief and Disaster Assistance Act (Stafford Act) authorizes the President to issue declarations for incidents ranging from destructive, large-scale disasters to more routine, less damaging events. Under the Stafford Act, the costs of response and recovery efforts are usually split between the state and the federal government, provided that the federal share shall be at least 75 percent. The majority of assistance provided under the Stafford Act is paid out of FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), which is a no-year account used to fund response activities and pay for ongoing recovery programs.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


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