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Washington, D.C. Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs’ unanimous vote to report S. 979, the Federal Advance Contracts Enhancement (FACE) Act, to the full Senate.

“I thank my colleagues for passing this important, bipartisan bill out of committee, and I look forward to its consideration before the full Senate,” Rubio said. “The FACE Act will ensure that future federal response to natural disasters is more effective and efficient, and I urge my colleagues to support this critical effort.”

Last December, the Government Accountability Office released a report that found a number of issues with FEMA’s handling of advance contracts. Rubio introduced this bipartisan legislation to require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to use more effective management of its advance contracts for goods and services. Rubio’s bill reforms the advance contracts process to require federal preparedness actions to be better coordinated with states and localities to prevent gaps in recovery efforts from occurring, and to help ensure states and localities are well-prepared for future disasters. A one pager of the bill is available here.