Congress now has a responsibility to start addressing the cost of disasters before we face yet another storm. It’s time to make preparedness a national priority, and that starts with smart policy and resourcing. By adopting measures to keep costs in check, lawmakers will do the right thing for both their constituents and their communities.
David Williams is president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance; Angela Anderson is director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists
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.