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September 26th, 2012

House Passes Stafford Act Amendment

The House passed H.R. 2903 on September 19th, 2012. The bill modifies the Stafford Act to allow tribes to request a declaration of emergency or major disaster directly from the President. Currently, tribes must rely on state governments to make a request when there is a disaster on tribal land.

The legislation was introduced by Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA) and passed the House with unanimous support.

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), the Ranking Member on the Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee, said, “It’s clear that some states have been slow to act when tribal communities are facing emergency situations. Enabling tribal governments to request a disaster declaration directly from the President will speed up the process and streamline the effort to get tribes that assistance they need during a difficult time.”

The bill has been received by the Senate and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The full text of the legislation can be found here.

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