The Sun Herald, 5/1/8

Sen. Roger Wicker said Wednesday he and others are trying to mount another charge to get a multiperils insurance coverage plan to a vote in the Senate, where the measure has stalled.

The multiperils bill, championed by U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, has passed the House. It would expand the National Flood Insurance Program to cover damage from wind and other damaging conditions associated with catastrophic weather events.

Wicker said he, Sen. Thad Cochran and Sen. David Vitter, R-La., were to meet with Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., who opposes the measure and is a ranking member of the committee that has killed the bill in the past. Senators placed a hold on related legislation in hopes they could add the multiperils coverage as an amendment so the Senate would have to vote on it.