Meeks: The Right Is Holding Up Flood Reform
Congressman Gregory Meeks spoke on the House floor on Tuesday about the real economic impact that failing to pass comprehensive flood insurance reforms is having on families in the Jamaica Bay area, Rockaway Peninsula and across the nation.
Meeks said last week’s passage of S. 1926 by the Senate adds new momentum for the House to take action that would delay increases to flood insurance premiums. Pressure from homeowners and members on both sides of aisles in the House has increased since last week’s vote in the Senate. Rather than addressing this matter, House Republicans are bringing partisan bills with no chance of actually becoming law to the floor for a vote.
In response, Congressman Meeks took to the House floor and demanded answers from his Republican colleagues: “Why is the House delaying legislation that provides such essential relief? When will the House leadership put politics aside? And when will they do the right thing for struggling American families who truly need this bipartisan bill that provides meaningful relief and hope to thousands of struggling homeowners in flood affected zones?
“It is time we hear the voices of hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens who have been devastated by the botched implementation of the Biggert- Waters Flood Insurance Act that led to dramatic increases in the cost of flood insurance.
“It is time that we on this side of the capitol take up this legislation and address this problem before one more family suffers from increased premiums, depressed home prices, or the inability to sell their home.
“It is time for the most extreme wing of the Republican Party to stop blocking real relief for our nation’s homeowners and pass this important reform today.”