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house Bill H.R. 1678

To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act concerning the statute of limitations for actions to recover disaster or emergency assistance payments, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed May 3rd, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 423 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedMarch 22nd, 2017

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.
  • action
    Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Discharged.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
  • action
    Reported by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. H. Rept. 115-100.
  • calendar
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 57.
  • action
    Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1678.
  • action
    At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Barletta objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
  • action
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 423 - 0 (Roll no. 250).
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • referral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed May 3rd, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 423 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedMarch 22nd, 2017

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    Without more information regarding what is in this bill, I vote no. This Congress is enacting legislation at a break-neck speed, most of it NOT in the interest of the average citizen.
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    There is not enough detail to understand exactly what this bill does other than prolong the period by which local communities can have to spend down FEMA funds. In my opinion, the current system works fine and should be left alone.
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    If this bill extends the timeframe in which to claim disaster relief, then it's a good thing. It can take time - a surprising amount of time - after a catastrophe for people to recover physically and emotionally and to gather everything they need in order to make any claim for anything, and to see whether any private insurance they may have had is going to deny them coverage.
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    Does this increase the time in which actions can be taken or decrease it? If it increases it, it should move forward because putting a stricter timeline on disaster relief could mean that, in the event of a disaster like the tsunami from the mid 2000s that requires A LOT of relief work, people could potentially go without aid. If it shortens the time, it should be rejected.
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    There is not enough available information. Slow down and focus on things like international incidents.... Has the president even selected a leader for FEMA yet?
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    There is not nearly enough information here to make an informed decision, and it feels like congress in general is pushing through legislation without proper consideration.
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