Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access

February 16, 2012
Examining the Role of Government Assistance for Disaster Victims: A Review of H.R. 3042
On Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access conducted a hearing entitled Examining the Role of Government Assistance for Disaster Victims: A Review of H.R. 3042. The hearing began at 10:00 A.M. on February 16, 2012, in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing provided members of the Subcommittee with information on the role of the federal government in long-term disaster recovery. Members learned about the programs offered by both the state and federal government. A business owner provided his perspective on what it takes to recover from a disaster, as well as his experience attempting to get financial assistance from the SBA. There was also be expert testimony about potential consequences of legislation (H.R. 3042) that proposes changes to federal disaster loans.    

Opening Statement:

Chairman Joe Walsh (R-IL)

Witnesses and Testimony:

  • Doug Hoell, Director, North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, Raleigh, NC
    • Testifying on Behalf of National Emergency Management Association
    • Testimony 
  • Gene Tighe, Owner, GT Fabrication, Inc., Pittston, PA
  • Howard Kunreuther, Ph. D., James G. Dinan Professor of Decision Sciences & Public Policy, Co-Director Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D., Research Fellow in Empirical Policy Analysis, The Heritage Foundation Washington, DC

    Additional Items:

  • Official Hearing Notice
  • Official Witness List
  • Official Hearing Memo
  • Official Hearing Video
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