The U.S. House of Representatives on 8 October unanimously approved legislation (H.R. 2608) to mitigate damage from earthquakes and windstorms. President Bush is expected to sign into law this bill which has been negotiated between the House and Senate.
The bill combines language from the original National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Reauthorization Act of 2003 and the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act of 2004. (See Eos, 84, 43, 28 October 2003, p. 458.)