Abraham legislation would block flood map expansion
Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham is trying again through legislation to block a 2015 executive order from President Obama that Abraham believes would force millions of Americans to buy expensive federal flood insurance.
This time, Abraham, R-Alto, hopes his language in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill that passed the full House last week will survive a trip through the Senate and ultimately a conference committee.
Last spring an amendment from the congressman doing the same thing in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill was approved by the House but peeled off before final passage.
Abraham believes this language has a better chance of sticking because it is lodged in the base language of the bill, making it harder to remove than an amendment.
Obama's executive order changed the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, raising flood protection standards to meet a 500-year flood rather than the current 100-year flood, which the congressman said would push more property into expanded flood zones and force home and business owners to buy flood insurance.
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