Senate Passes Bill to Improve Drought Response
February 28, 2014

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that reauthorizes a federal program aimed at assessing the effects of and responding to droughts. The measure was passed through a unanimous consent agreement. 
Rep. Ralph Hall (Texas) introduced H.R. 2431, the National Integrated Drought Information Systems Reauthorization Act, which reauthorizes the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) through 2018. The House voted 365-21 earlier this month to pass the bill, meaning the legislation now heads to President Obama's desk for his signature before becoming law. 
The bill requires the director of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to report to Congress on what it could do to reduce drought-related problems and cost in a timelier manner and create a drought early warning system. 
Reprinted in part from The Hill