Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, joined her friend and colleague, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, to introduce the National Hurricane Research Initiative Act of 2007, which is a bi-partisan legislation that would provide almost $4.5 billion in federal funds to address the crucial area of hurricane research.
This legislation would authorize almost $4.5 billion in critical hurricane research funding to assist scientists and researchers study and gain a more educated knowledge and comprehension of how these storms form and grow into Katrinas or Adrews. The bill will also improve our early warning systems, allow for improvements to be made to our infrastructure and increase our capabilities of tracking and predicting the path of Hurricanes.
"As yet another Hurricane season is fast upon us, it is imperative that we do everything within our legislative powers to send this legislation to the President for his signature. Our scientists and researchers need the necessary tools to better understand these deadly storms and this legislation seeks to accomplish that. I urge my colleagues to help us help the millions of our citizens who every year find themselves in the path of these monsters," said Representative Ros-Lehtinen.
"Given our knowledge of the immense damage inflicted by past hurricanes and the strong hurricane season predictions for this year, our nation requires comprehensive and improved hurricane research. We need to adequately utilize the expertise of our nation's scientists and enhance our federal investment in hurricane research. By investing in research now, before the hurricanes strike, we will be able to better plan and mitigate these disasters, saving infrastructure and lives," said Representative Hastings.
The National Hurricane Research Initiative Act of 2007 takes the general recommendations of the National Science Board (a 24-member independent advisory body to the President and Congress on national science and engineering issues) and assembles the expertise of the nation's science and engineering experts to gain a better understanding of hurricane prediction and intensity. Under the bill, research is directed to further develop communications emergency networks for government agencies and non-government entities to improve disaster response and recovery.