Thompson's Amendment to Boost Disaster Response Passes the House
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Co-Chair of the Natural Disaster Caucus, announced that his amendment to boost natural disaster response passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This amendment, offered with fellow Natural Disaster Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Garret Graves (LA-06), provides authorization for Federal support of multistate National Guard deployments to natural disasters.
“In times of disaster, National Guard troops are often our first line of relief, coming in from other states and putting their lives on the line to help those in need. They deserve to be adequately supported for these efforts, no matter what a state’s budget is,” said Thompson. “That’s why I offered an amendment to support those deployments into disaster areas by providing support for National Guard troops. I will continue fighting to ensure we provide every resource to aid with both current and future disaster relief and recovery.”
Thompson’s amendment to the NDAA was included and the bill passed the House. A copy is attached to this release. The House bill must now be reconciled with the Senate bill.
Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. He is a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means where he chairs the Subcommittee on Tax Policy. Rep. Thompson is Chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. He is also Co-Chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus and a member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition.