Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does!
[Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
This is an important week for fixing flood insurance. The Senate will vote to begin debating the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act that fixes the most dangerous parts of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.
Today, our diverse coalition made up of bipartisan senators, Louisiana officials and national stakeholders is gathering at a press conference to rally support and stress the urgency to pass this bill. After months of work, we believe we have the support necessary in the Senate, to pass this bill, but we can't rest on that. Your stories, your voices, your efforts have made this a national priority, and we need your help to secure a strong vote in favor of common sense reforms.
This bill will delay the most agressive flood insurance rate increases until FEMA understands how they will impact individual policy holders and the program at large. It also requires FEMA to certify that flood maps are accurate and that communities are given credit for their flood protection systems.
Your support is needed at this critical time to send a strong message to Congress: fixing flood insurance is about protecting people's homes and equity and preserving the American dream that if you work hard and play by the rules you can have a secure future.