September 8, 2014
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
In April, many of America’s major employers from a broad range of organizations across the nation joined in a letter to Congress strongly urging that the body move swiftly to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) which is currently set to expire at the end of this calendar year. The undersigned organizations applaud the House and Senate for efforts thus far to renew this program, including the Senate’s work in July to pass a long-term, bipartisan reform bill with a 93-4 vote. We write to you today to urge the House to move forward in reauthorizing this critical program as soon as possible.
The tragic terrorist attacks on 9/11 fundamentally changed the landscape for insuring against the risk of terrorism in the U.S. Struck with an inability to model frequency, location, type and the potentially devastating scale of modern terrorism, insurers were forced to pull out of the marketplace, and in the months following the attacks, the inability of insurance policyholders to secure terrorism risk insurance contributed to a paralysis in the economy, especially in the construction, travel and tourism, manufacturing, and real estate finance sectors. President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers estimated that over 300,000 jobs were lost prior to TRIA’s initial enactment in 2002.
TRIA has made it possible for the American economy to get the coverage it needs, while protecting the taxpayer. By maintaining our economic stability in the face of ongoing terrorist threats, TRIA serves as a vital public-private risk sharing mechanism. TRIA fosters certainty in the marketplace by ensuring that private terrorism risk insurance coverage remains commercially available at virtually no cost to the taxpayer. Without the backstop that TRIA provides, the private insurance market would simply be unable to provide adequate levels of terrorism risk insurance. Maintaining a workable federal terrorism insurance mechanism is vital for our nation’s economic security. Without adequate coverage, our ability to mitigate further economic fallout in the event of an attack would be greatly impaired.
The American business community needs certainty so that it can continue to focus on its primary mission of creating jobs. The undersigned organizations urge Congress to reauthorize this important program without delay.
Abbey Residential, LLC Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. Accredited Surety and Casualty Company, Inc. ACE Group Addison Chamber of Commerce & Industry Aerospace Industries Association AIG Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Alliance Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber (NY) ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company Alterra American Insurance Company Alterra Excess and Surplus Insurance Company Alterra Reinsurance USA, Inc. American Agricultural Insurance Company American Association of Port Authorities American Coatings Association American Council of Engineering Companies American Family Insurance American Gaming Association American Hotel & Lodging Association American Insurance Association American Land Title Association American National Property and Casualty Company American Residential Properties American Resort Development Association American Resources Insurance Company American Society of Association Executives Aon Argo Group ARI Insurance Companies Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association Arkansas Hospitality Association Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. ASIS International Associated Estates Realty Corporation Associated International Insurance Company Association of American Railroads Atlantic Charter Insurance Company Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce (IL) AXA Insurance Company BADGER MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY Baytown Chamber of Commerce (TX) Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce (ID) Boston Properties Brandywine Realty Trust Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce (AZ) Burbank Chamber of Commerce (CA) Business Council of Alabama California Chamber of Commerce California Hotel & Lodging Association Camarillo Chamber of Commerce (CA) Cameron Mutual Insurance Company Capitol Representation, Inc. Catawba County Chamber of Commerce (NC) CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. CBRE Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce (CA) Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region (CA) Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties (CA) Charlotte Chamber of Commerce (NC) Chatham Lodging Trust Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry (PA) Chicago Southland Chamber (IL) Choice Hotels International, Inc Church Mutual Insurance Company Club Managers Association of America CNA Insurance Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association Columbia Insurance Group Commerical Real Estate Finance Council Connecticut Business & Industry Association Connecticut Insurance & Financial Services Cluster Connecticut Lodging Association Contractors Bonding and Insurance Company Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums COUNTRY Financial CUNA Mutual Deerfield Insurance Company Detroit Regional Chamber (MI) Devonshire REIT, Inc. 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Society Insurance South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce (AL) South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce (CA) South Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association South Metro Denver Chamber (CO) Southwest California Legislative Council St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce (IN) Starwood Hotels & Resorts State Auto Insurance Companies Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. SunTrust Banks, Inc. Swiss Re Taubman Centers, Inc. Tempe Chamber of Commerce (AZ) Tenaska Tennessee Hospitality Association Texas Association of Business Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies Texas Hotel & Lodging Association The ABA Securities Association The AES Corporation The American Bankers Association The American Bankers Insurance Association The Business Council of New York State, Inc. 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