DearColleague.us

Letter

 

From: The Honorable Elizabeth H. Esty
Sent By:
sacajawea.fanning@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/31/2017

                        Support Funding for our Nation’s Flood Maps in Every Community
Deadline:
COB Monday, April 3rd 2017

                        Deadline to Enter Online Submission: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
                 
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Previous FY17 Cosigners: Emanuel Cleaver, II, Nydia Velazquez, Sheila Jackson Lee, Matt Cartwright, Charles B. Rangel, Luis V. Gutierrez, William R. Keating, Jim Langevin, Ed Perlmutter, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Steve Cohen, Danny K. Davis,
Jackie Speier, Gregory Meeks, Gwen Moore, Jerrold Nadler, Stacey E. Plaskett, Robin L. Kelly, Yvette D. Clarke, Filemon Vela, Andre Carson, Chaka Fattah, Linda T. Sanchez, Adam Smith, Peter Welch, Elizabeth H. Esty, Dave Loebsack, Karen Bass, John Garamendi,
Kathy Castor, Patrick Murphy, Elijah E. Cummings, John Lewis, Corrine Brown, Alcee L. Hastings, Earl Blumenauer, Rosa L. DeLauro, Debbie Dingell, Mark DeSaulnier, Chellie Pingree, Lois Frankel, Albio Sires, Cedric Richmond, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott

Current FY18 Cosigners:  Chellie Pingree, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rosa DeLauro, Andre Carson, Frederica S. Wilson, Kathy Castor, Denny Heck, Adam Smith, Lois Frankel, Mark DeSaulnier, Gregory W. Meeks, Stephen F. Lynch, Emanuel Cleaver, II,
Ed Perlmutter, William “Lacy” Clay, Jr., Al Green, Yvette D. Clarke, Linda T. Sánchez, Debbie Dingell, Elijah E. Cummings, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, John Garamendi, Sheila Jackson Lee, Frank Pallone, Jr., Keith Ellison, John Lewis, Jackie Speier, Steve Cohen,
Filemon Vela, Vicente Gonzalez, G. K. Butterfield, Nydia M. Velazquez, James R. Langevin, Stacey E. Plaskett, Bill Foster, Danny K. Davis

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in a letter urging the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee to fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) program.

Accurate flood mapping is the foundation of ensuring that communities are resilient in the face of disaster. The FEMA Risk MAP program is currently funded primarily on the backs of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders, despite the widespread
utility of flood mapping for land use planning that benefits policyholders and non-policyholders alike. In fact, taxpayers save over $2 for every $1 spent on flood mapping. The current funding levels for flood mapping are insufficient to map the entire nation
and leave entire communities without flood data. Further, without the funding to utilize the latest technology, the flood maps that have been produced have been riddled with inaccuracies that are then the burden of the policyholder or the community to appeal.

Too many of our constituents have been saddled with increased flood insurance premiums that are only exacerbated as a result of outdated and incomplete maps. Please join me in sending the following letter requesting increased funding for the FEMA’s Risk
MAP program over the next 5 years. According to a comprehensive analysis conducted by the Association of Flood Plain Managers, it would take up to $7.5 billion to provide accurate flood maps for every community in the nation. This letter requests a funding
level of $1.5 billion for FY 2018, as well as a commitment to maintain this funding level over the next 5 years, which would amount to $7.5 billion.

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, or if you have any questions about this letter, please contact Sacajawea Fanning at
sacajawea.fanning@mail.house.gov or 5-4476 with Congresswoman Esty’s staff.

 

Sincerely,

____________________                                     ____________________
Maxine Waters                                                      Elizabeth H. Esty
Member of Congress                                             Member of Congress

 

 

 

 

 

The Honorable Rodney Frelinghuysen                                          The Honorable Nita Lowey
Chairman                                                                                      Ranking Member
House Committee on Appropriations                                            House Committee on Appropriations
The Honorable John Carter                                                          The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard
Chairman                                                                                      Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Homeland Security                                           Subcommittee on Homeland Security
House Committee on Appropriations                                            House Committee on Appropriations

 

Dear Chairman Frelinghuysen, Ranking Member Lowey, Chairman Carter, and Ranking Member Roybal-Allard:

Flood mapping is a critical component of building resilient communities and protecting property and life in the face of disaster. In the face of increasing frequency of flooding that causes untold devastation on our communities, and with the rising cost
of disaster assistance, it is more important than ever before to invest in our flood maps.

Accurate Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through its Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) program. FEMA’s mapping efforts help communities better understand their flood risks
and how they can prepare for those risks. Currently, FEMA’s mapping is paid for through a combination of appropriated dollars and policy fees that are paid by policyholders. While the President’s budget request suggested that taxpayers should not pay for a
benefit that only benefits the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders, the benefits of FEMA’s mapping efforts reach much farther than the NFIP. In fact, taxpayers save over $2 for every $1 spent on flood mapping.1

Rather than unfairly raising policy fees on NFIP homeowners and businesses to pay for something that benefits us all, Congress should prioritize investing more federal dollars to improve our flood maps.  According to a comprehensive analysis of the
cost of improving our flood maps conducted by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), it would cost up to $7.5 billion to provide adequate flood maps for all communities in the nation. This is an investment that will save taxpayers money by driving
down costs in the event of a disaster. All taxpayers ultimately pay for the consequences of flooding through emergency relief, and it is high time that we seek to proactively invest in the tools that communities need to better protect themselves so that we
can build resilient communities, save more lives, and reduce disaster costs in the long term. Therefore, we request that you fund FEMA’s Risk MAP program at $1.5 billion in FY 2018, and commit to maintaining this funding level over the next 5 years to invest
a total of $7.5 billion into FEMA’s Risk MAP program.
 
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1 The Association of State Floodplain Managers, “Flood Mapping for the Nation,” March 1, 2013.

 

 
Sincerely,

____________________________                           _____________________________
MAXINE WATERS                                                    ELIZABETH H. ESTY
Ranking Member                                                         Member of Congress
Committee on Financial Services