With the Oct. 1 deadline bearing down on Florida homeowners who face hefty increases on their flood insurance, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson asked Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on Tuesday to help him lobby to win support for a delay in the next week.
Nelson included a copy of his proposed legislation and wrote, "but the current state of gridlock in Congress, caused by a small minority, has prevented us from getting much of anything passed."
Here is his letter:
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
September 24, 2013
The Honorable Rick Scott
Governor of Florida
400 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
The Honorable Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
Florida Department of Financial Services
Tallahassee, FL 32399
SENT VIA EMAIL WITH HARD COPY TO FOLLOW
Dear Gov. Scott and CFO Atwater:
I want to thank you both for your recent letters sharing your concerns about the national flood insurance program.
You should know I have been working with others in Congress to try to delay these rate hikes that are set to begin on Oct. 1. In fact, we have legislation aimed specifically at delaying the rate hikes. But the current state of gridlock in Congress, caused by a small minority, has prevented us from getting much of anything passed.
I have attached a copy of legislation for your review. Out of concern for numerous Floridians that will be affected by these rate increases, I respectfully request your help with Republican members to get the votes to pass such a measure.
Here’s a copy of Nelson’s legislation:
AMENDMENT NO.________ Calendar No._________
Purpose: To prohibit the use of funds to implement the
amendments made by sections 100205 and 100207 of
the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012
to sections 1307 and 1308 of the National Flood Insurance
Act of 1968.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES - 113th Cong., 1st Sess.
H. J. Res. 59
Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and
for other purposes.
Referred to the Committee on _______ and
ordered to be printed
Ordered to lie on the table and to be printed
AMENDMENT intended to be proposed by Mr. NELSON
1 At the appropriate place, insert the following:
2 SEC. ______. None of the funds made available under
3 this joint resolution may be used to implement, carry out,
4 administer, or enforce the amendments made by sections
5 100205 and 100207 of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insur
6 ance Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law 112–141; 126 Stat.
7 917) to sections 1307 and 1308 of the National Flood In
8 surance Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4014 and 4015).