When Mother Nature’s wrath strikes, government has a responsibility for infrastructure, disaster assistance and recovery. Taxpayers can pick up urgent needs after disasters, but the government’s balance sheet does not need to grow because of a lack of preparation for events we all know will occur.
It is less expensive to be prepared for disasters such as Sandy before they hit than it is to rebuild after them. It is time for Congress to pursue a national disaster mitigation strategy so we can promote safety and reduce the costly rebuilding that can often be prevented with proper preparation and planning.
Josh Saks is legislative director of the National Wildlife Federation. Steve Ellis is vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.