|By Anita Lee, The Sun Herald|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Palazzo voted Friday against a bill that provided
He told the
"We are obligated, especially after they receive this aid, to bring attention to the need for disaster-relief reform, and insurance reform and how we're going to build back resilient communities and make sure that we mitigate for future storms," he said. "That has been my initial focus from Day One, is taking an opportunity to address this.
"If we address this in six months or 12 months, nobody's going to listen. We're going to go back to doing our own thing and nobody's going to remember how much the storm cost, how much suffering people had because of, again, the delayed federal response."
Palazzo was one of 67 House Republicans who opposed the bill to raise the NFIP debt limit because of Sandy. The
Many people were left with the impression the bill included pork projects for Sandy relief, but it included no other spending.
Without the bill, NFIP was about to run out of money to pay flood insurance claims. NFIP's borrowing authority also was increased after Hurricane Katrina, which drove the program
The House never voted on other Sandy relief measures. A vote on the larger relief package, where critics say the pork is included, never made it to the floor. Instead, the House will consider a Sandy relief package next week.
"The bigger picture is we also have to recognize that we have a financial disaster that is looming in this country that I believe, personally, in my heart, is going to be greater than any natural disaster that has ever hit us," he said. "We can't let opportunities go by where we don't address these serious issues."
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