Maloney Passes Second Bill Through House of Representatives in Two Weeks
WASHINGTON — Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that his legislation to reauthorize the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) through 2024 has passed through the House of Representative as part of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). Without a new authorization, states like New York could lose out on the funding necessary to improve dam safety around dams that threaten human life.
“Dam safety may not sound like the most exciting subject, but that perception would change in a hurry if one of our dams in the Hudson Valley failed during a storm and folks lose their homes, their livelihoods, and even their lives,” said Rep. Maloney. “We’re talking about the program that protects our communities from almost a hundred aging dams – we can’t let the funding lapse, and I’ll keep working with folks in the Senate to make sure we get this provision passed into law.”
Rep. Maloney introduced and worked to pass similar legislation into law in 2014. That legislation authorized the program through 2019, but to prevent a potential future lapse in funding, he introduced the Dam Safety Reauthorization Act to push the deadline to 2024. Rep. Maloney also wrote a letter to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-IL) requesting that the committee include a “clean” dam safety reauthorization in the base text of the 2018 version of WRRDA to prevent a lapse in authorization for the program. That clean version was included in the bill, which passed the House of Representatives last night.
Nearly 100 of the Hudson Valley’s 800 dams are designated as “high hazard,” meaning their failure would result in the loss of life and serious economic damage to the surrounding community. To combat this problem, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) operates the NDSP, which provides support to states like New York in developing Emergency Action Plans (EAPs), public awareness campaigns, the implementation of existing dam safety programs, the purchase of equipment, and dam safety inspections.
This is the second bill Rep. Maloney has passed through the House in the last two weeks. On May 24th, Rep. Maloney’s bipartisan Know Your Vets Act passed through the House of Representatives as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The provision, introduced alongside Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI), a former Marine Corps Captain, will help bridge the gap between services provided for active duty servicemembers at the Department of Defense (DoD) and those provided to veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).