On December 7, the White House sent Congress its requested amount for federal funding to address the path of destruction left by superstorm Hurricane Sandy. While the request totaled $60.4 billion, of even greater importance is the White House’s request that the federal assistance also be used “…to prevent losses of this magnitude from future disasters as well as ensuring that funds are used most effectively and on appropriate activities with proper spending controls.” NRMCA is currently in the process of conveying to Congress that the answer to these principles is the NRMCA drafted legislation, H.R. 5839, the Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act. Along with disaster mitigation in mind for a disaster relief bill, members of Congress from New Jersey and New York are frantically working to put together legislation that allows for tax breaks for Sandy victims. Between the Sandy relief bill and the NJ/NY tax measures bill there are ample opportunities for H.R. 5839 to hitch a ride to passage. While movement of these measures remains fluid, H.R. 5839 in the context of Sandy relief efforts is gaining much support.

However, in order to heighten the importance of this message and H.R. 5839, the Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act, Congress needs to hear from NRMCA member companies and individuals.

Action Requested: NRMCA urges you to please ask your members of Congress (MOCs) to advocate for the inclusion of H.R. 5839 as part of disaster relief legislation or in other tax related legislation slated to move this Congress. To achieve this please call the offices of the targeted Members of Congress listed below and send letters to your MOCs by clicking here.

Congressional targets:
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) (202) 224-4744
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) (202) 224-5824
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (202) 224-6542
Rep. Dave Camp (R-04-MI) (202) 225-3561
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-02-KS) (202) 225-6601
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-04-AL) (202) 225-4876

Phone call talking points:

  • Please include H.R. 5839, the Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act of 2012 as part of any disaster relief or other tax related legislation;
  • Disasters in the US, like superstorm Hurricane Sandy, are increasing in number and severity each year – at a major cost to federal government as disaster assistance is typically unfunded;
  • Promoting resilient construction in disaster areas will ensure more homes and buildings are able to withstand future disasters;
  • H.R. 5839 will help to save lives and taxpayers’ dollars; and
  • Please consider H.R. 5839 as Congress works toward passing disaster relief and tax legislation.

Securing passage of H.R. 5839 will pave the way for astonishing industry growth, and the strengthening of our built environment. For more information on H.R. 5839 or for contact information for members of Congress please visit www.NRMCAVoice.com or contact NRMCA’s Kerri Leininger at 240-485-1159/kleininger@nrmca.org.