Rep. Lipinski amends draft bill to include social science research

“We can and must do more to increase the disaster resiliency of our communities"
On November 15, the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation approved a draft of the Natural Hazards Risk Reduction Act of 2011, authored by Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL). The proposed legislation from majority Republicans would reauthorize the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP). Although Subcommittee minority Democrats “applauded both NEHRP and NWIRP and expressed their strong support for reauthorizing the programs, they were unanimous in their opposition to the Republican Committee Print and urged consideration of the bipartisan reauthorization bill from last Congress,” according to Subcommittee Ranking Member Donna Edwards (D-MD). Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), former Chairman of the House Science Research and Education Subcommittee, was successful in amending the draft bill to ensure that the results of social science research are used in the development of outreach and implementation efforts and in mitigation, response, and recovery activities. Said Lipinski, “We can and must do more to increase the disaster resiliency of our communities. The social sciences have an essential role in these efforts.”