President Joe Biden signed bipartisan legislation that aims to save taxpayer funds by protecting federal property from unnecessary damage from natural disasters.
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Instead of just spending billions to repair federal property after every hurricane or natural disaster, this law will have the federal government invest in disaster-proofing federal buildings and property so they are not nearly as damaged, thus saving taxpayer dollars.
“In Florida, we know how valuable pre-disaster mitigation is and that preparedness saves lives,” said Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. “With this good bill now law, federal assets like hospitals and critical infrastructure will be safer when disaster inevitably strikes. We are resilient because we prepare and I am proud to see our bipartisan and commonsense approach to disaster mitigation efforts signed into law.”
A Government Accountability Office report from last year found that many agencies had not taken established measures to prevent damage from things like hurricanes. Sen. Scott’s office said that “studies have shown that resilience and mitigation spending saves taxpayers an average of $6 for every $1 invested.”
Republicans and Democrats were able to work together on the bipartisan measure.
“Worsening natural disasters continue to cause physical and financial damage to property in Michigan and across the nation,” said Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. “This new law will ensure that the federal government – our nation’s largest property owner – is planning for the impacts of floods, wildfires, and storms when managing public buildings. This will save taxpayer dollars…”