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Bipartisan group of Congress seeks delay in flood insurance hikes of two to four years

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., says she is building support for legislation that would mandate a two- to four-year delay in new flood insurance rates that are causing alarm across Florida.

"We're building a strong coalition of Republicans and Democrats," she said in an interview, noting that Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has signed on as a sponsor.

Lawmakers had been focused on a one-year delay, so they could work on fixes to the legislation. But even as they held a news conference last week — the same day changes went into effect — they acknowledged they did not have a formal plan.

Landrieu on Tuesday, however, said it is developing. "We're going to try to have anywhere from a two- to four-year delay. More and more people are learning that this affects many, many, and so we're building a lot of support."

Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio are involved in the effort.

Bipartisan group of Congress seeks delay in flood insurance hikes of two to four years 10/08/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 9:35pm]
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