WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rosen (D-NV) helped introduce the National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy Act, a bipartisan bill to streamline and improve the federal response to climate hazards. Rosen joined Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in introducing this legislation. In 2021 alone, damages from extreme weather in the U.S. exceeded $145 billion.
“With Nevada already experiencing extreme heat, increasing drought and wildfires, and poor air quality, the urgency for us to work together to mitigate the climate crisis is only growing,” said Senator Rosen. “This bipartisan legislation will strengthen the resilience of communities most impacted by climate change through a comprehensive national strategy and better collaboration to address gaps in these efforts.”
The National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy Act would:
- Require the development of a whole-of-government National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy, which would ensure a unified vision for the U.S. government’s response to climate hazards and direct the swift implementation of equitable climate resilience solutions across federal agencies;
- Authorize a Chief Resilience Officer in the White House to direct national resilience efforts and lead the development of the U.S. Resilience Strategy; and
- Authorize interagency resilience Working Groups and a non-federal Partners Council with representatives from frontline communities to strengthen strategic development and facilitate communication between federal agencies and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.