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USA - Key Committee Advances Kilmer-led Priorities to Combat Climate Change, Invest in Resiliency

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved several initiatives led by Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) to increase federal investments in climate resilience and help communities that are dealing with persistent flooding.

The Fiscal Year 2021 funding bills provide funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support communities across the region that are working to manage flood risks and threats from coastal hazards. The $9 million invested in this program represents an 80% increase in this funding. The bills also provide $78 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coastal Zone Management Grants and $36 million for the National Coastal Resilience Fund, rejecting the Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate these key programs which provide critical planning and technical assistance to states and tribes to deal with persistent flooding.

“Our region has seen severe storms and rising sea levels threaten entire communities on our coasts,” said Rep. Kilmer. “As we work to combat climate change, we need to take steps to mitigate the immediate challenges that threaten public safety, public access, and cultural landmarks of our coastal communities. I’m working to ensure that the federal government steps up and provides the resources needed to ensure we protect communities and keep people out of harm’s way. This legislation is a step in the right direction, and I was proud to lead a number of initiatives within it to ensure we not only combat the climate crisis but create quality jobs and keep communities safe.”

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