Washington, D.C. - Today Representative Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District, who serves as Ranking Member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, issued the following statement after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted to advance bipartisan measures she introduced.
Washington, D.C. - Today Representative Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District, who serves as Ranking Member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, issued the following statement after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted to advance bipartisan measures she introduced. These measures generally would ensure more equitable responses to major disasters, provide more transparency of federal properties, and save taxpayer dollars.
“As members of Congress, we have an obligation to spend taxpayer dollars responsibly and to ensure that all government agencies are working with transparency and fairness and at their maximum capacity,” said Rep. Titus. “That’s why I was proud to introduce legislation that will improve the disaster response from FEMA, reform outdated government policies, set expiration dates for federal agency projects, and increase transparency for the public. I am committed to making the federal government work for the people of Southern Nevada by reducing wasteful spending and removing unnecessary bureaucratic processes, especially for individuals recovering from major disasters.”
The following bills led by Congresswoman Titus passed out of Committee:
H.R. 6249, the Think Differently About Emergencies Act, passed the Committee by unanimous voice vote. This bill directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to identify needed improvements to the emergency management landscape to ensure that no one gets left behind in the wake of a major disaster. Rep. Titus. This bill was introduced by Rep. Marc Molinar (R-NY) and Rep. Titus, who serves as the Ranking Member of the subcommittee that oversees FEMA and is a co-founder of the Disaster Equity and Building Resilience Caucus.
H.R.6277, the FASTA Reform Act of 2023, passed the Committee by unanimous voice vote. This bill makes improvements on the bipartisan and bicameral effort from the 114th Congress to sell unused government properties. Among the proposed improvements, the bill would extend the authorization of the Public Buildings Reform Board (PBRB) and require Federal agencies to share their real property data and consolidation plans with the Board. The FASTA Reform Act was introduced by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) and Rep. Dina Titus.
H.R. 6316, passed the Committee by unanimous voice vote. Rep. Dina Titus was joined by Rep. Scott Perry in introducing this legislation, which sets a five-year expiration on Committee resolutions approving General Service Administration (GSA) construction, alteration, repair, design, or acquisition projects. If within five years of the passage of a resolution GSA has not executed the project, the authorization would be deemed expired.
H.R. 6317, passed the Committee by unanimous voice vote. This bill creates a standard and transparent process around the updating and approval of the GSA’s Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service (also known as the P-100). It requires the agency to establish a process for soliciting feedback from the public whenever changes to the P-100 are being considered, which will ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent in a responsible manner.
Rep. Titus also introduced an amendment to H.R. 5473, the Promoting Resilient Buildings Act of 2023, which was adopted by the Committee by unanimous voice vote. Her amendment would create a pilot within FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program to make it possible to fund individual home retrofits and would ensure that funding would be prioritized for homeowners with the greatest financial need. Last Congress, this language passed the House as part of Rep. Titus’s Resilient America Act.