Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, introduced legislation that seeks to better research, predict and prepare for hurricanes. The bill "National Hurricane Research Initiative Act of 2007" is vitally important to Florida, the Gulf Coast and the Eastern Seaboard as these areas have been the target of numerous storms throughout the years. Similar legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senator Mel Martinez of Florida.
The bill will harness the expertise and knowledge of government scientists in a coordinated manner and this will improve our understanding of hurricanes. This ten year effort will build a stronger foundation for more appropriately targeted and focused research that will exploit the resources and expertise of government scientists.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "This legislation is so important to millions of Americans who have seen the ravages caused by hurricanes. I urge my colleagues to support this bill and help us better understand these storms so that we may reach the day when we are better prepared for their destructive consequences."
Co-sponsors are: Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Ric Keller, Gus Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan, Connie Mack and Allen Boyd.