WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bill co-sponsored by two members of South Carolina's House delegation has been passed by the House and is headed to the Senate for approval. 

The bill was sponsored by Rep. John Katko, a Republican representing New York's 24th Congressional District, is cosponsored by Reps. Tom Rice, Joe Cunningham,  Antonio Delgado, and Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan. 

It directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report to Congress describing a plan to preliminarily assess damage after natural disasters and also directs FEMA to develop teams to perform those assessments. 

Rice is a Republican representing Congressional District 7, which includes northeastern South Carolina including most of Florence and all of Darlington, Marion, Dillon, and Marlboro counties. 

“The Seventh District of South Carolina is no stranger to the damage that can be caused by natural disasters," Rice said in a statement issued Tuesday. "The Preliminary Damage Assessment Improvement Act will establish damage assessment teams in the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure that damage is reported and critical funding is disbursed accurately and efficiently.”
He said the legislation was crucial to helping communities to recover from damage by providing consistence and speed in the prelimary damage assessment phase.

Congressman Tom Rice released the following statement in regards to the confirmation:

"Judge Barrett is exceptionally qualified, and I am confident she will interpret the Constitution as it is written, protect our individual freedoms, and uphold the rule of law on which our nation was founded.”

“She belongs on the Supreme Court, and we are fortunate to have her."

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