Bill Easing Flood Insurance Premiums Sent To President

WASHINGTON (March 13, 2014) Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill Thursday to ease big flood insurance premium increases faced by hundreds of thousands of homeowners and to allow below-market rates to be passed on to people buying homes with taxpayer-subsidized policies.

The legislation significantly rewrites a major overhaul of the flood insurance program passed two years ago.

The 2012 changes were aimed at weaning hundreds of thousands of homeowners off of subsidized rates and required extensive updating of flood maps used to set premiums, but its implementation stirred anxiety among many homeowners along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and in flood plains, many of whom are threatened with unaffordable rate increases.

The measure breezed through the Senate and on to Mr. Obama's desk Thursday on a 72-22 vote after the House passed it last week.

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