Brian Schatz

After Harvey, Van Hollen seeks flood review for federal projects

After Harvey, Van Hollen seeks flood review for federal projects

As Florida braces for Hurricane Irma and Texas continues to recover from the damage caused by Harvey, three Democratic senators are pushing a bill Friday to ensure federally funded projects are built to withstand catastrophic flooding.

The measure, which Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen introduced Friday along with Sens. Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Cory Booker of New Jersey, would require federal agencies to review new federally funded infrastructure projects before they are built to ensure they will survive flooding.

President Barack Obama included a similar requirement in an executive order signed in 2015 as part of his administration’s response to climate change. President...

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