Sen. Warren and Rep. Thompson Introduce FEMA Equity Act

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS), chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced the “Federal Emergency Management Advancement of Equity Act” (FEMA Equity Act) on May 5. The bill addresses systemic inequities that can emerge during the federal response to disasters. Individuals with low incomes are often the most impacted by disasters but receive the least amount of assistance afterward. The FEMA Equity Act would address this problem by standardizing FEMA’s approach to collecting information on equity and the ways the agency integrates such information in its programs.

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