Donovan Reappointed Chairman Of Disaster Response Subcommittee
Washington, DC – January 27, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) was this week reappointed Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, which has jurisdiction over anti-terror policies. Donovan, first elected to office in May 2015, assumed the chairmanship in February 2016. His district, with a high concentration of police officers, firefighters, and other emergency personnel, suffered severe losses during the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and during Superstorm Sandy.
Congressman Donovan said, “It’s an incredible opportunity and a remarkable privilege to chair a subcommittee that’s so important to the security of New York City and the country. I’m grateful to Chairman Michael McCaul for entrusting me once again with this position. I plan to hit the ground running with an aggressive hearing and legislative agenda.”
Donovan will continue focusing his attention on improving federal security grant programs and streamlining cooperation between federal, state, and local agencies. As the representative of a district impacted by a major natural disaster, he will also continue to work toward improving the federal disaster recovery process. Donovan made a point last year to craft legislation around feedback received at subcommittee hearings. For example, after transit security authorities complained of rushed deadlines to spend grant funding, Donovan passed the Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act to scale back the timeline.
Last Congress, Donovan helped lead the charge against former President Obama’s proposed cuts to homeland security funding used to defend major cities against terror attacks. At Donovan’s first hearing as chairman, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio testified about the heightened risk posed to New Yorkers by the former President’s proposed cuts. Donovan’s efforts were successful: Congress provided full funding to the Urban Areas Security Initiative in its latest funding package.
Donovan also passed five homeland security measures through the House of Representatives last Congress (see below).
- H.R. 3493 Securing the Cities Act of 2015: Makes permanent a program to defend cities against radiological and nuclear attack;
- H.R. 4107 Flood Insurance Mitigation and Policyholder Protection Act of 2015: Adjusts post-disaster insurance claims procedures to avoid the fraudulent activity that occurred after Sandy;
- H.R. 5943 Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act: Makes it easier for transit agencies to use security grant funding;
- H.R. 5459 Cyber Preparedness Act of 2016: Streamlines cooperation between state and federal cybersecurity agencies;
- H. Amdt. 226 (Amendment to H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act): Expedites applications for separating service members to join the maritime industry.