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house Bill H.R. 2932

Should Homeland Security & FEMA Incorporate the Needs of Children Into Their Disaster Planning?

Argument in favor

Children are the most vulnerable during disasters, and this bipartisan bill would ensure that Homeland Security & FEMA receive feedback from experts related to their protection that could be incorporated into agency disaster planning.

jimK's Opinion
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02/10/2020
It is really sad that something like this needs to be legislated. It gets back to a recurring issue in our country that if something is not specifically spelled out in detail or enumerated on some list, then it is permissible. Handing off government responsibilities to for-profit enterprises with little foresight, oversight or added direction clearly highlights the problem; since ‘providing soap and toothbrushes for children was not specifically called for in the contract’ and therefore unneeded. This was also a core argument in trump’s Impeachment defense, that unless a specific law was clearly broken, no offense is Impeachable. Well all of these arguments are crap, especially at the federal level. It’s easy to hold someone accountable to a yes-no checklist. It is difficult to hold someone to account for not honoring broad policies, social policy goals and the intent of governing laws. It should be! That is why Congress should be able to use it’s legislative judgement and oversight of agency programs to ensure that funded agencies and programs are functioning as they should. … … … Oh well, that is not today’s reality - given the unhealthy ‘bi-partisan’ instead of ‘non-partisan’ nature of our governance and the the now unconstrained administrative branch. So, yes- we need to protect all children, honor international law and fundamental American ideals and principles. Yes, we need another legislative ‘nit’ since our governance is broken and will take some time to restore, if it can be restored.
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Leslie's Opinion
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02/10/2020
Hopefully DHS also applies this to children held at the border in cages? “Children are the most vulnerable during disasters, and this bipartisan bill would ensure that Homeland Security & FEMA receive feedback from experts related to their protection that could be incorporated into agency disaster planning.”
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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02/10/2020
Well that’s a non question. Every administration until this one has done that automatically. Trump needs to be told what services are necessary because he hasn’t a clue what is necessary for others because all he thinks about is himself. Disasters are traumatic for adults. For children it’s worse. They have NO control over what happens to them.
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Argument opposed

While this bill is well-intended and bipartisan, children will always be among the most vulnerable during disasters no matter how much their needs are accounted for in planning. Besides, DHS is already developing these plans.

JTJ's Opinion
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02/10/2020
If these departments are not already doing this, then it proves that the government pretty much sucks at everything it tries to manage. Abolish these money wasting departments and let states deal with their own problems.
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Rick 's Opinion
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02/10/2020
It’s really a no brainer that children are the most vulnerable as well as the sick and elderly!!! This has been so since the beginning!!! These issues should be already a part of the plan!!!
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Gregory's Opinion
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02/11/2020
Another waste of time and hard earned tax dollars by the democrats.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed February 10th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 374 Yea / 11 Nay
    IntroducedMay 22nd, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 2932?

This bill — the Homeland Security for Children Act — would require the Dept. of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans to review and incorporate policy feedback from organizations representing the needs of children into DHS policy. Additionally, it would direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to identify and integrate the needs of children into activities to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against the risk of natural disaster, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. FEMA would appoint a technical expert to coordinate such integration.

Impact

Children; families & communities struck by disasters; FEMA & DHS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2932

The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would have no additional cost, as DHS is already carrying out activities that would be required by this bill.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) reintroduced this legislation to incorporate children’s needs into disaster preparedness planning:

“The unique needs of children — physical, mental, and emotional — are too often an afterthought when it comes to disaster preparedness planning. When those needs aren’t considered, children are put at greater risk of both harm during an emergency and of long-term trauma. Children are the most vulnerable during disasters, and emergency planning must reflect that. By incorporating the needs of children into all disaster preparedness efforts at the Department of Homeland Security, this bill takes an important step to ensuring our children are safe from harm.”

This legislation was advanced by the House Homeland Security Committee by unanimous consent and has the support of three bipartisan cosponsors, including two Republicans and a Democrat.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: FEMA / Public Domain)

AKA

Homeland Security for Children Act

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to ensure that the needs of children are considered in homeland security planning, and for other purposes.

    It is really sad that something like this needs to be legislated. It gets back to a recurring issue in our country that if something is not specifically spelled out in detail or enumerated on some list, then it is permissible. Handing off government responsibilities to for-profit enterprises with little foresight, oversight or added direction clearly highlights the problem; since ‘providing soap and toothbrushes for children was not specifically called for in the contract’ and therefore unneeded. This was also a core argument in trump’s Impeachment defense, that unless a specific law was clearly broken, no offense is Impeachable. Well all of these arguments are crap, especially at the federal level. It’s easy to hold someone accountable to a yes-no checklist. It is difficult to hold someone to account for not honoring broad policies, social policy goals and the intent of governing laws. It should be! That is why Congress should be able to use it’s legislative judgement and oversight of agency programs to ensure that funded agencies and programs are functioning as they should. … … … Oh well, that is not today’s reality - given the unhealthy ‘bi-partisan’ instead of ‘non-partisan’ nature of our governance and the the now unconstrained administrative branch. So, yes- we need to protect all children, honor international law and fundamental American ideals and principles. Yes, we need another legislative ‘nit’ since our governance is broken and will take some time to restore, if it can be restored.
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    If these departments are not already doing this, then it proves that the government pretty much sucks at everything it tries to manage. Abolish these money wasting departments and let states deal with their own problems.
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    Hopefully DHS also applies this to children held at the border in cages? “Children are the most vulnerable during disasters, and this bipartisan bill would ensure that Homeland Security & FEMA receive feedback from experts related to their protection that could be incorporated into agency disaster planning.”
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    Well that’s a non question. Every administration until this one has done that automatically. Trump needs to be told what services are necessary because he hasn’t a clue what is necessary for others because all he thinks about is himself. Disasters are traumatic for adults. For children it’s worse. They have NO control over what happens to them.
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    This goes without saying...doesn’t it?
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    It’s the right thing to do. Our nation is a nation of human rights values! You claim to be Christians, act like it. Thank you!
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    Of course -- rather than shoving them into cages and leaving them there. Children don't have to be born in America in order to matter to the human race.
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    Children should always be a top priority. In any situation they are the most vulnerable. Their needs should be considered above all others. This includes children we are keeping in cages. Shameful and ultimately unforgivable.
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    Yes, don't we all support taking the best care of children, no matter who they are or where they're from? If we can't protect the least of these, then how can we have hope for the future? The needs of children should always be primary when planning for disasters.
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    Duh. Does this mean they haven’t already been doing this? Disgraceful.
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    It’s sad an unborn child is more protected than one who is walking on the earth.
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    Children are our Future! They Must be Protected and Cherished.
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    This is a no brainer. Of course children must be included.
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    It’s really a no brainer that children are the most vulnerable as well as the sick and elderly!!! This has been so since the beginning!!! These issues should be already a part of the plan!!!
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    Of course! Make it official. It could clarify & speed up the already existing “developing” plans.
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    Yes. I support this proposal.
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    They don’t already? What the heck?
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    Yes I absolutely agree that children should be incorporated in disaster planning
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    Yes, I would have assumed that this was already the case but apparently not
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    Wow, what a great idea-why the hell hasn't this been done a long time ago? Also, the elderly as a vulnerable group as well and it would be nice if disaster plans kept that in mind re. their programs, policies, and procedures.
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