Remember that jobs bill the Republicans killed last week? The one that Desperado wrote about that killed unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans unable to find work?
Did you know that the National Flood Insurance Program funding was killed as well? For the fourth time this year? This time, no emergency extention came, as the Republicans that kept blocking the filibuster in the past finally caved. In case you're wondering, those Senators were Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and George Voinovich.
I mention this because, as I write, South Texas is being flooded by Hurricane Alex. People that needed to purchase flood insurance not obtainable on the free market are now S.O.L. I guess they should have been smarter than to buy property near the coast. Or outside of a flood plain. Oh - wait - according to the Insurance Council of Texas, 1/3 of homes lost to floods aren't in flood plains. Have you ever tried to purchase a flood policy? You can't. Unless you purchase a policy from the National Flood Insurance Program.
This lapse also includes homeowners who purchased flood insurance but the flood insurance policy was up for renewal after June 1. They are unable to renew and have lost their insurance. If Congress reauthorizes funding without a clause making the renewal retroactive, all policyholders without a 30 day grace period or that extend past their 30 day grace period will lose their policies and be unable to make claims upon that lapse.
Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell defended blocking the bill by saying, "It adds new taxes and over $30 billion to an already staggering $13 trillion dollar national debt." Republican Chuck Grassley, one of the bill's co-sponsers, pointed out that McConnell had supported an earlier version of the same bill that added more than $30 Billion to the debt.
Of course he did. This has nothing to do with the debt.
The November elections are coming. The Republicans are trying to shore up the base by making an us vs. them stand against the Democrats when it comes to jobs. Republicans will start spreading around how people are only on unemployment because they CAN be - that the 6 people out there for every 1 job available are just being lazy and not trying to find work.
The flood insurance funding was just collateral damage.
Best wishes to our neighbors to the south. Next time you vote, remember who played politics with your property and livelihoods to make a point about the national debt.