Temporary Increase in Borrowing Authority for National Flood Insurance Programby Representative Darrell E. Issa
Posted on 2013-01-04
ISSA. Madam Speaker, today we're doing the important thing, the
critical thing. I wish today that this had been what we'd voted on in
the previous session, to recharge the flood insurance that needs to be
there so that men and women in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and
the like will not question whether or not their country can provide
them with the resources that are expected to be there in the time of a
natural disaster like that.
Madam Speaker, I rise today to say that January 15 is critical; and as the previous speaker said, we do need to prenegotiate with the Senate. We need to get the pork out. None of that pork we're talking about is in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut. In fact, it's as far away as Alaska. The pork that we will not vote on today is, in fact, the pork that was in this bill from the Senate. My hope is that we will see on January 15 a negotiated and clean bill that only deals with the men and women and families on the eastern seaboard that need to be taken care of.
I think that it's the President's responsibility and our responsibility and the Senate's responsibility when we do emergency supplementals to make them only about the emergency. I believe today we are buying a little bit of [[Page H45]] time; but I think for people on the eastern seaboard who are suffering, that time is running out and all of our leaders need to make sure that the next vote, the vote on January 15, as the previous speaker said, will be a vote that will be prenegotiated, that will run through the Senate, and will deal only with the people suffering on the eastern seaboard.