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Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015by Representative Dana Rohrabacher
Posted on 2015-01-07
ROHRABACHER. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 34,
the Tsunami Warning, Education and Research Act of 2015. I would like
to thank my fellow partner in this endeavor, Representative Suzanne
Bonamici, for her tireless work on this. She has done a great job. She
has done her constituents and our committee proud for the hard work
that she has put into this.
In the end, if indeed we succeed and this bill becomes law and the things we are trying to do are accomplished and hundreds of lives are saved, we can sit back and say: ``It was a job well done. We have saved Americans and some lives overseas. That is what God wanted us to do with our time here in Washington, D.C.'' Thank you for letting me be part of your effort to accomplish this.
I would also like to thank Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson. Chairman Lamar Smith has been a wonderful leader who has demonstrated the type of bipartisan effort that can really get things accomplished, and I am proud to be on his team as well.
We have seen time and time again what tsunamis can do. That is what this legislation is all about. We need to learn more about them. We need to be more accurate in forecasting and reducing the impacts on our communities.
This legislation will help us make sure that all of our coastal communities--especially those in my district in California, which are some of the best coastal beaches in all of the United States of America--are adequately prepared and properly warned about this danger.
H.R. 34 will strengthen our tsunami warning system's ability to forecast a tsunami arrival, thus bringing damages down. It will establish a working group to provide advice on tsunami science and technology. This legislation does all of this in a fiscally responsible manner, and I am proud to ask my colleagues to join me in support of it.