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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

House Approves Larson, Courtney Amendments to Help Residents and Areas At-Risk of Crumbing Foundations

July 20, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Joe Courtney (CT-02) and Congressmen John B. Larson (CT-01) and released the following statement after the House of Representatives approved two amendments to help address the crumbling foundations problem.

“Homeowners in more than three dozen towns in north central and northeast Connecticut have reported that their home foundations are failing due to the mineral pyrrhotite that could affect up to 35,000 homes in the area. That is why it is critical to make sure that all municipal, state, federal and private sector measures are taken to address this catastrophe. This week was another small step to help our constituents as two amendments passed in the House of Representatives. The first provides funding for the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a map showing pyrrhotite occurrences across the United States, and the second provides funding for a Department of the Treasury study to examine the financial impact of crumbling foundations on our community lenders, homeowners, and our towns that have taken a huge financial hit. We urge the Senate to act on these measures so they can be sent to the president’s desk for signature,” said Courtney and Larson

The Congressmen have recently engaged with Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) to examine the federal opportunities for assistance in addressing crumbling foundations.

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