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Natural Resources Committee Advances DelBene Landslide Reauthorization Bill

Legislation would extend programs, research, and grants to improve landslide preparedness

Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved bipartisan legislation Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) recently introduced to extend critical landslide prevention programs. The legislation was approved unanimously by the committee and now awaits action on the House floor.

Since 2021, the National Landslide Preparedness Act has been instrumental in saving lives, protecting communities and property, and improving natural disaster emergency preparedness. The programs and grants in the law currently expire in September 2024.

“Every state faces some level of landslide risk and those risks are only increasing because of climate change. Congress must remain committed to investing in programs and research efforts that strengthen our ability to prepare for and mitigate the devastating impacts of landslides,” said DelBene. “The House Natural Resources Committee made a bold statement today by advancing this measure to help communities across the country prevent natural disasters from becoming national tragedies. The House must immediately take up this measure on the floor.”

The bill would reauthorize the law through 2029. DelBene recently spoke before the committee on the importance of extending this legislation to protect communities nationwide.

In 2020, the National Landslide Preparedness Act passed the House by a voice vote.