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BREAKING NEWS: Majority of House Coauthor Flood Relief Bill

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Washington, DC, February 12, 2014 | comments

Legislation could pass today if brought up for a vote

Over the past several days, the effort to delay unaffordable flood insurance premiums has reached a boiling point. Today, in the face of two weeks of significant obstruction by Republican leadership, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) announced that a substantial majority of the House of Representatives – 231 members – have signed on to bipartisan, bicameral flood relief legislation as coauthors. This significant achievement means that H.R. 3370 has the votes to be passed and signed into law today.

“Since the effort to provide homeowners relief from rising flood insurance rates began, it has been bipartisan and supported by a broad coalition of lawmakers,” said Waters. “Our comprehensive affordability legislation passed the Senate by a huge margin and without controversy. Today, a majority of House members have signed on as cosponsors – meaning we know with absolute certainty that this legislation will pass if brought up for a vote. Over 230 Representatives have expressed their support for providing homeowners with flood insurance relief now, including a growing number of Republicans unhappy about the inability to get this done.”

The legislation, known as the bipartisan Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, has cosponsors from both sides of the aisle and recently passed the U.S. Senate by an overwhelming majority of 67-32.

Waters added, “The reality is this: if not for obstruction by Republican leadership, this bill could pass the House and be signed into law today. I again urge Republican leadership to immediately take up this bipartisan solution.”

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