Eli Lehrer, Heartland Institute vice president for DC operations and director of its Center on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, says the flood insurance bill scheduled for mark-up in the U.S. Senate tomorrow would take significant steps towards improving and stabilizing the troubled program.
The Flood Insurance Program, originally intended to promote coastal conservation and break even when it was created in 1968, currently owes the U.S. Treasury nearly $18 billion and has no way to pay it back. The program has also encouraged significant construction in coastal areas.
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"I really think something is going to pass this year and we’ll finally have a reauthorization of the flood program. For the first time in my memory, the House and Senate seem to be on roughly the same page when it comes to reforming the flood program. There are a lot of other good ideas being proposed in the Senate – particularly Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker’s COASTAL ACT."
Director, Center on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
Vice President, DC Operations
The Heartland Institute
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