“Senator Landrieu has long argued that she is ‘indispensable’ to the state of Louisiana,” said LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré. “Now, contrary to House Republicans, she can’t even get a vote on her amendment. She is out of touch with the values of Louisiana residents and now with her effectiveness dwindling, Louisiana voters have no reason to keep her around.”
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WASHINGTON — “The Senate won’t consider an amendment to delay flood insurance premium rates as part of the 2013 Farm Bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, announced Thursday that when the Senate resumes consideration of the bill Monday, it will debate just one amendment, one by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
That means 250 proposed amendments to the farm bill won’t get a vote, including Sen. Mary Landrieu’s flood insurance proposal.
Her amendment’s failure to get a vote was a disappointment to those seeking a fix for large premium increases faced by some Louisiana residents. There’s no clear-cut path to getting delaying legislation through both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. The House Wednesday passed an amendment to a homeland security bill delaying big premium increases until Sept. 30, 2014, but it’s just symbolic until the Senate also acts.
Thursday’s developments followed a significant victory the House Wednesday night for those seeking to avert the large flood insurance premium increases.
The House amendment, offered by Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, would bar FEMA from using its budget to implement a 2012 law that ends subsidized flood insurance rates for policyholders who, through no fault of their own, are remapped into a “below base flood elevation” status. It passed, 281-146, but still needs Senate approval to become law.
Cassidy said the remapping clause has led to “unaffordable increases” for some flood insurance recipients. Cassidy mentioned some Louisiana residents are reporting that their future premiums will run as high as $20,000 a year.
Some homes targeted for substantial premium increases never flooded, an indication Cassidy said, that FEMA is using bad methodology with food maps that determine rates.”