Coinciding with the start of hurricane season and in the wake of devastating tornadoes, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy announced today the formation of the bipartisan Disaster Relief Caucus. Joining Rep. Murphy as co-chairs of the caucus are Reps. Peter King (R-NY), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and Kay Granger (R-TX). The bipartisan Disaster Relief Caucus will facilitate policy discussions to promote more organized, streamlined, and timely responses to natural disasters.
"With the start of what is predicted to be an active hurricane season and after witnessing the tragedies caused by recent tornadoes, wildfires in California, and with the northeast still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, we are reminded that disasters can strike in any community," said Rep. Murphy. "Having lived in Florida my entire life, I have witnessed firsthand the impact these disasters can have, especially when politics tie up response efforts. That is why I am proud to join my colleagues Reps. King, Richmond, and Granger in announcing the formation of the Disaster Relief Caucus to improve the effectiveness of disaster preparedness and response efforts."
"Unfortunately as we all know, disasters can strike any Congressional district," said Rep. King. "It is important that any improvements in disaster preparedness and response are communicated and developed effectively to mitigate any tragedies and loss of life. As a co-chair of this caucus, I look forward to working with my colleagues."
"As someone who has witnessed the devastation of hurricanes firsthand, I am extremely pleased to join my colleagues in establishing the Disaster Relief Caucus to ensure that our communities are better prepared and protected," said Congressman Richmond. "The founding of a caucus that addresses the increasing threat of natural disasters is critical as we work to rebuild our communities in the aftermath of hurricanes and tornadoes. It is vital that we unite in a common effort to proactively advocate for stronger policies, better preparation, and more effective responsiveness at the onset and after a disaster strikes."
"The images from Moore, Oklahoma, and the Jersey Shore are only the most recent reminders of the devastating impact natural disasters have on our communities, our homes, and our families," said Congresswoman Kay Granger. "With my home state and even my district often falling in the path of natural disasters, I understand how critical it is that we take the politics out of relief efforts. I look forward to bringing together both Republicans and Democrats to work on common sense disaster relief solutions as a Co-Chair of the Congressional Disaster Relief Caucus."