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The proposal was originally part of the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization bill which, earlier this week, was attached to a package of bills that includes the transportation bill conference report and a bill to prevent student loan interest rates from increasing.
"Eliminating this provision means that Metro East families won't pay twice for flood protection - first for levees and then again for mandatory flood insurance," a spokesman for Senator Kirk said. "We are pleased that the bipartisan, bicameral effort was successful."
"This proposal was dropped into the flood insurance bill with little warning and even less debate," said Durbin. "Working with a bipartisan coalition that included Senator Kirk and Congressman Shimkus, Congressman Costello and I were able to remove this proposal from the Transportation Conference Committee. We will continue to do everything we can to protect the investment that Metro East families and businesses have made to strengthen their levees and protect against floods."
"This was a great bipartisan effort to keep this provision from becoming law, which would have penalized areas like ours that are addressing local levee improvements," said Costello. "The
"Local residents, businesses, state legislators, and community at large have done all they can to move levee repairs forward. Some in
Durbin, Costello, Kirk and Shimkus joined a bipartisan coalition of Senators and Representatives in arguing that homeowners and businesses living behind flood control structures already pay local and federal taxes for flood protection through infrastructure. A mandatory one-size-fits-all requirement would ignore these taxpayer investments and actually compel responsible communities to pay multiple times for flood protection. After a week of fighting against the insurance requirement, the provision was removed from the underlying transportation package.
In the House, Costello and Shimkus led an effort with other members of the bipartisan
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