South Mississippi’s Palazzo hears residents’ concerns about jobs, sequester

GULFPORT — U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-4, said he has been “staying within my wheelhouse” talking about issues both important to his constituents and in his areas of expertise as he talks to area residents while he’s on break from Congress.

He said he hasn’t had any formal town hall meetings because he had to serve three weeks with the Mississippi National Guard but he has been out and about, meeting the people on the Coast. That includes a meeting with Coast officials and business leaders Wednesday in Gulfport to talk about the National Flood Insurance Program and the Biggert-Waters Act, which will raise rates and eventually end subsidies to those who own property in flood-prone areas. He co-sponsored a bill to delay those increases for a year, which passed the House earlier this year.

“I feel like the solution was in that room,” he said. “All we have to do is … punch it through.”

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