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The issue was simple: Temporarily increase the borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program so the
The need was obvious: the flood insurance program was days away from running out of money to pay claims.
The consequences were dire: without additional funds, the flood insurance program would fail to relieve the suffering of victims of Superstorm Sandy.
The path to passage had been cleared: to ensure the approval of
No member of
Certainly seven years ago he would have. As the chief financial officer for the
But instead of voting to honor the nation's obligation to flood insurance policy holders in 2013, Palazzo joined 66 of his Republican colleagues in the House to vote against the bill.
The urgency he had understood so well after
Such a dialogue is needed. But the time and place for it is not when Americans are suffering from a natural disaster and in need of assistance only the federal government can provide.
That Palazzo would rather make a political or philosophical point than help put "families back together" and rebuild communities, as he once put it, is both shameful and offensive.
We doubt any congressional district in this nation has ever had as much federal assistance following a disaster as
We can only hope the people of
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