Something every Republican member of the Florida congressional delegation should know: The thousands of Florida homeowners who are at risk of losing their homes because of soaring flood insurance rates don't want excuses for blocking a bipartisan Senate fix. What they want is for Washington to fix, now, the mess it created when it passed the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act and work on the long-term solution later.
Twice this week, every Republican House member from Florida has voted against taking up the bipartisan Senate bill to delay the act's implementation on homeowner-occupied homes for up to four years while the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducts a long-promised affordability study and improves its flood maps. Even Republicans who had signed on to an identical House plan followed the partisan playbook.
Floridians deserve better from their representatives, including Reps. Richard Nugent of Spring Hill, Gus Bilirakis of Palm Harbor, Dennis Ross of Lakeland and Vern Buchanan of Sarasota. If they won't pass the Senate plan to save their constituents from the flood insurance mess that Congress created, what will they tell homeowners who are being priced out of their homes?