Cochran and Pryor (D-Ark.) want to remove provision that requires flood insurance in some areas

Two senators launched an effort on Monday to remove a provision from the bill requiring flood insurance for residents in areas protected by levees and dams.

Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) argue that the requirement in the measure — which has yet to make a move toward the Senate floor although it expires Nov. 18 — will create a financial burden poor residents with little chance of being hit by floods.

“I do, however, have grave concerns about some of the provisions in the bill, particularly ones that create new flood insurance coverage mandates on families and businesses that are already protected by strong levees and dams,” Cochran said. “The blanket approach taken in the current bill should be changed in order to ensure fair treatment for those protected properties.”

The Hill
10/17/11