The Hill – Gene Taylor: Hurricane would help my bill

A House Democrat said Tuesday it might take a hurricane to generate momentum for a stalled bill he is pushing for.

Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) acknowledged that his legislation that would add wind coverage to the National Flood Insurance Program faces an uphill battle.

Lacking votes, House Democratic leaders pulled Taylor’s bill from the floor last week.

The insurance industry and the Obama administration oppose Taylor’s measure. The White House said in a statement last week that Taylor’s bill is unnecessary and could cost lead to higher insurance costs for consumers.

Taylor told The Hill, “I hate to say this, but another hurricane may have to happen” for the bill to pass.

The Hill
7/27/10