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Boehner says House won't take up sweeping flood insurance bill (or does he?)



Associated Press:

Speaker John Boehner says the GOP-controlled House won’t take up legislation aimed at neutering a 2012 overhaul of the federal flood insurance program that is hitting homeowners who have long paid below-market rates with big premium hikes. The Ohio Republican said “we’re not going to do that” when the topic was broached in a hallway exchange with The Associated Press in the Capitol complex.

But ... In a statement issued later by his office, the Ohio Republican said: "While I don't support repealing the 2012 law, we're listening to members and the alternative ideas they are offering on this issue. There have been ongoing discussions with members, and the House may consider changes to the law in the weeks and months ahead that both help homeowners and protect taxpayers."

Yesterday, the House passed a spending plan that included shorter-term fixes on flood insurance, which are described here. 

The broader bill is pending approval in the Senate, and lawmakers in the upper chamber knew the more conservative House would be an issue. So Boehner's words aren't as juicy as they may appear. Bills always go through changes.

Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 16, 2014 5:35pm]


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