“Thank you for holding the Committee's first hearing on the reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program. While the Program expires at the end of next year, after the lapse at the end of 2014 we all understand that we need to start early to make sure that does not happen again.
“The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program is critical to keeping our economy healthy. TRIA isn't just a program that helps in the event of a terrorist attack. Many businesses rely on this insurance in order to get access to credit, even in healthy economic times. Without government assistance, the insurance market would be unable to provide affordable insurance to these businesses, including small businesses, across the country.
“While TRIA was initially designed to be temporary after 9-11,
“But unfortunately, terrorism isn't confined to big cities and the groups perpetrating it don't only come from abroad.
“That's why I'm glad we've been able to work on it in a bipartisan way. We all agree there are some issues that the free market just can't solve on its own. This is one of them, and it's an example of the kind of successful government intervention that is only possible when we come together as a country. There are some in
“I disagree, and I think the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program is emblematic of our ability to use government to make the economy work better for everybody, especially during the most difficult of times. As we look at other issues on this committee, I hope we will remember the success of this program, and our capacity to use government to solve tough problems when we work together.
“In the last bipartisan authorization of the Program, we worked to strike a balance, which seems to work well. By increasing the program trigger to
“I look forward to hearing the witnesses' testimony today.”