Facing powerful opposition by the insurance industry, a bill by Mississippi 4th District U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor to include hurricane coverage in federal flood insurance is slated for a vote in the House today.
But Taylor, whose home on the Coast was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and who had his insurance claims denied by private insurers like thousands of other coastal Mississippians, has a powerful ally in backing the bill: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi, a fellow Democrat, from California, led a 13-member congressional fact-finding mission to the Coast in August. Listening to victims at a town hall meeting in Bay St. Louis, Pelosi pledged to help, saying: “We’re up against a mighty force (lobbying efforts of the insurance industry). But we have something on our side – we are right.”