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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Congressman Cleaver Co-Hosts Roundtable Discussion on TRIA with Rep. Clay

May 31, 2019
Press Release
The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) is due to expire on December 31, 2020

(Kansas City, MO) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) today co-hosted a joint roundtable discussion on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) with Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO). Al Green (D-TX), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), and local stakeholders were in attendance. TRIA was passed into law following the September 11 attacks, which caused more than $40 billion in today’s dollars in estimated insured losses. The law created the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program which is set to expire on December 31, 2020 unless Congress reauthorizes the program. Today’s discussion revolved around reaffirming the definition of terrorism, addressing national security implications of TRIA, and evaluating the financial impact of a terror attack on different sectors of the U.S. economy.

“I’m very thankful to Congressmen Clay, Perlmutter, and Green for taking the time to come to Kansas City to discuss such a pivotal piece of legislation,” said Congressman Cleaver. “As a Congress, we have a duty on behalf of American consumers and businesses to come together and reauthorize a program that is vital to the health and stability of our economy. As it stands, I believe we had a fruitful and comprehensive discussion that we’ll carry back with us to Washington to begin the process of reauthorization.”

“Congress must reauthorize TRIA without delay to enhance our national security and to provide stability and confidence for key stakeholders in our economy,” Congressman Clay said. “I thank Congressman Cleaver for hosting today’s important roundtable on this vital economic issue.”

“Congratulations to Chair Cleaver on his leadership in calling today’s field round table,” said Congressman Green. “Thank you to each of the participants for sharing their perspectives and expertise on the state of this vital segment of the insurance market. This important forum offered an invaluable opportunity for Members of Congress to hear from key stakeholders who have extensive knowledge of the terrorism risk insurance market. Today, I am honored to participate in this important discussion in Kansas City, Missouri, that will inform and guide us in the critical policy determinations that lie ahead.”

"I appreciate Congressman Cleaver hosting this important discussion on reauthorizing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act," Congressman Perlmutter said. "This program is important to our nation's continued economic growth and national security, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure its reauthorization."

Following the attacks of September 11, insurers and reinsurers pulled back from offering terrorism coverage. Some observers feared that a lack of insurance against terrorism loss would have a wide-ranging economic impact, particularly because insurance coverage can be a significant factor in lending decisions. Congress responded to the disruption in the insurance market by passing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002. Congress has passed three extensions to the TRIA program, in 2005, in 2007, and in 2015. The most recent reauthorization extended the program nearly six years, until the end of 2020, while reducing the government's share of the losses compared with the program as it was in 2014.

TRIA falls within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance, and is related to issues covered by the Subcommittee on International Development, National Security, and Monetary Policy, of which Clay Chairs the former and Cleaver Chairs the latter.

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Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Matthew Helfant at 202-225-4535 or Matthew.Helfant@mail.house.gov A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here