OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN CEDRIC L. RICHMOND
March 4, 2014
Contact: Virgil Miller
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed an amended version of H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. This bill addresses the affordability to consumers of flood insurance premium increases that followed the implementation of the 2012 Biggert-Waters law, by limiting yearly individual premium increases so that no individual policy holder would pay a premium increase of greater than 18% per year. The bill also reinstates the flood insurance program's grandfathering provision – meaning homes that complied with previous FEMA flood maps would not be hit with large increases when new maps, showing larger flood risks, are implemented by the agency. The bill passed the House this evening a vote of 306 to 91. 180 Democratic Members of the House voted in favor of this legislation.
"The House of Representatives has spoken for the millions of homeowners nationwide that depend on an affordable flood insurance program,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond. “By a vote of 306 to 91, we are a step closer to fixing the NFIP in a way that will provide real relief from skyrocketing flood insurance rates.
“I want to thank the 180 of my Democratic colleagues for their vote tonight, and for the faith they placed in me to negotiate a good bill. When challenged with a major problem for our constituents, stepped to the plate to provide a real solution. They didn't provide excuses or shrink in the face of the detractors. I’d also like to thank the people of Louisiana, especially those residing in my District. We bore the brunt of this storm together, and today’s vote is a testament to their work.
From the outset, Democrats wanted to reform the National Flood Insurance Program in way that would make premiums more affordable, flood maps more accurate and FEMA more accountable. While this legislation might not go as far as I would like, it achieves our goals. Since Majority Leader Eric Cantor published the initial text of this legislation more than a week ago, we were able to secure numerous changes that strengthened his proposal significantly. We added a hard cap on rate increases for individuals, protections for properties newly mapped into flood areas and significant reforms to the mapping process that will ensure community involvement and accuracy.”
Video of Congressman Richmond’s floor statement today in support of the legislation can be found here.