Today during a Senate Small Business Committee hearing, U.S. Senators Scott Brown (R-MA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced the Safeguarding Disaster Funding Act.
The amendment requires the budget submitted to Congress each year by the President to include, at a minimum, a request for disaster funding relief equal to the average amount needed annually during the previous ten years.
"With citizens in Massachusetts and across the country still recovering from Hurricane Irene, it's critical that we get them the assistance they need right away," said Sen. Brown. "Going forward, we need to change the way we approach budgeting disaster relief to ensure that we are better prepared for these natural disasters. I believe our amendment is an important step in that direction, and look forward to working with my colleagues to move it forward."
Senator Brown also expressed the need for the government to hold agencies more accountable for monitoring subcontracts awarded to small businesses in the wake of disasters. "Federal agencies must be held accountable with hard-earned taxpayer money," added Brown.
Brown has posted a guide on his web site to make it easier for constituents impacted by Hurricane Irene to navigate federal assistance programs.