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Waters Statement on Revised Republican Flood Insurance Bill

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement in response to Committee Republicans’ revised flood insurance legislation: “Though Chairman Hensarling and Committee Republicans have been scrambling to make changes to their flood insurance bill, the affordability challenges facing millions of policyholders remain. The im...

Waters Statement in Support of Velázquez Flood Bill to Improve NFIP

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Today, at the continuation of the House Financial Services Committee markup of seven flood insurance bills, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement in support of Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez’s (D-NY) bill, H.R. 2875, the “National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Administrative Reform Act of 2017:” Thank you, Mr. Chairm...

At Markup of Flood Bills, Dems Offer Amendments to Keep Flood Insurance Affordable and Accessible

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On the first day of the of the House Financial Services Committee markup of seven flood insurance bills, Committee Democrats fought for the availability and affordability of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). “Democrats will offer amendments to provide the reauthorization language needed to keep the NFIP’s doors open and keep the real estate market from spiraling out of control,” said Co...

Waters Opening Statement at Committee Markup of Seven Flood Insurance Bills

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Today, at a Committee markup of seven flood insurance bills, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, gave the following opening statement: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Eight days ago, we gathered in this hearing room to discuss six legislative proposals to reform the National Flood Insurance Program. At that hearing, I once again called for bipartisan...

Waters Calls for Bipartisan Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program

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Today, at a full Committee hearing to examine draft legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA)¸ Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, urged Committee Members to work on a bipartisan long-term reauthorization package: As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Mr. Chairman and welcome to all of our witnesses, who are here to ...

Waters: Trump Budget is Extremely Harmful

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Today, in response to the Trump Administration’s release of its full budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year 2018, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, issued the following statement: “Donald Trump has once again revealed who he really is, with a cruel and senseless budget that abandons Main Street and the vulnerable. “The Trump budget mirro...

Waters Leads Fight to Defend the Flood Insurance Program, Policyholders

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, delivered three letters to House appropriators in support of her ongoing effort to fight for those who have fallen victim to natural flood disasters. The letters call for a rejection of any fees on the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) policyholders in order to pay for President Trump’s U.S.-Mexic...

Waters Opening Statement at Markup of Capital Markets Bills

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Today, at a full Committee markup of six legislative proposals relating to our nation’s capital markets, Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, gave the following opening statement: As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Today, we will consider a set of legislative proposals designed to improve our nation’s capital markets, which cont...

Waters Calls for Bipartisan Reauthorization of The National Flood Insurance Program

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Today, at a hearing to examine the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA)¸ Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, urged Committee Members to swiftly move towards long-term reauthorization, stressing the need for affordable insurance premiums and cancellation of the program’s $24.6 billion debt. As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Mr. Chairman. R...

GAO Report Underscores Waters’ Criticism of FEMA’s Compensation Methodology

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, issued the following statement in response to a report published today by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) discussing the compensation paid to Write-Your-Own (WYO) companies that administer to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In 2014, Ranking Member Waters called on the GAO to stud...

ICYMI: Rep. Waters Op-Ed on Forgiving the NFIP Debt

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In a guest column in the Baton Rouge Advocate this week, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, discussed the need for Congress to erase the National Flood Insurance Program’s $23 billion debt so that homeowners and businesses can rely on an affordable and sustainable program to protect them financial in the face of disaster: “I am calling on Con...

Democrats Reiterate Call for Field Hearing on National Flood Insurance Program

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Today, Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services; Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance; and Cedric Richmond (D-LA), reiterated their call for Committee Republicans to hold a field hearing in Baton Rouge, La., so that Members can fully understand the devastation from the recent flooding in the area and issues sur...

Rep. Waters Tours Flood Damage in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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In the wake of historic flooding in the Baton Rouge, La., area, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services and long-time friend to the Louisiana area, visited the disaster-affected region. Rep. Waters met with local officials as well as affected residents to review the damage, assess the federal government’s response thus far, and understand key issue...

Waters, Cleaver, Richmond Call for Field Hearing on the National Flood Insurance Program

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Today, in the face of the historic flooding in Louisiana, a trio of House Democratic lawmakers called on Republican leadership of the Financial Services Committee to hold a field hearing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to examine the government’s response to the recent flooding in that area, and to better inform the Committee as it prepares to consider the reauthorization of the National Flood Insuranc...

Waters Calls on President Obama to Waive the Cost Sharing Requirements for Disaster Assistance on Flooded Areas in Louisiana

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Following historic flooding in Louisiana and the President’s disaster declaration leaving open the possibility that the state may have to cover 25 percent of public assistance funds, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D – CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services sent a letter to President Obama and called on him to use his authority to provide relief for the state and require the feder...

Congresswoman Waters Urges Rethinking Natural Disaster Assistance in the Wake of Baton Rouge Flooding

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, issued the following statement in the wake of historic flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana: “As the devastating flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana demonstrates, too many Americans receive outdated and incorrect signals from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Only a small fraction of residents who fo...

Pallone, Waters and 21 Colleagues Demand FEMA Provide Oversight of National Flood Insurance Program

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Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), and 21 of their colleagues sent a bipartisan letter asking that FEMA fulfill its legal obligation to provide oversight of the private insurance companies that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In the wake of Superstorm Sandy and other recent disasters, FEMA and NFIP have faced accusations ...

ICYMI: Frontline and NPR Investigate Flood Insurance Firms’ Compensation

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On a cold rainy day last fall, dozens of people gathered in a plaza across the street from New Jersey's state Capitol. They held press conferences and slept overnight in lawn chairs. Everyone had come to make the same point: They'd made it through Superstorm Sandy, which hit the shores of New Jersey and New York in October 2012. But three years later, many hadn't made it home. Doug Quinn, a 51-yea...

Waters Responds to Flood Insurance Rate-Setting Report

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Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) responded to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) rate-setting methods under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Agency’s progress in ensuring that full-risk rates accurately reflect flood risk. Waters requested the report in 2014 when Congress was working to address th...

Waters Calls for Flood Insurance Debt Relief in Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations

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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee led 32 colleagues in a letter calling on Congress to forgive $23 billion in debt at the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) during the fiscal year 2017 appropriations process. “The NFIP’s current debt is the direct result of Congressional design and it is time that Congress takes responsibility ...

Waters Responds to Flood Insurance Affordability Reports

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, responded to two separate reports released today from the Government Accountability Office and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on flood insurance affordability and options for providing assistance to policyholders. Waters requested the GAO report in 2014 after FEMA failed to complete a congression...

Waters to FEMA: Flood Insurance Premiums Are a Top Concern of Mine

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), urging him to provide Congress a robust affordability framework in a timely manner so that proposals can be considered ahead of the 2017 reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Ranking Member W...

Waters Encouraged by HR. 2901 Discussions, but Concerns Remain

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At today’s Financial Services Committee hearing entitled, “How to Create a More Robust and Private Flood Insurance Marketplace,” Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, discussed private sector involvement in the flood insurance market. Ranking Member Waters was encouraged by the discussion to improve the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Moderniz...

Leading Financial Services Democrats Continue to Examine Federal Commitment to Post-Katrina New Orleans

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Financial Services Committee Democrats, led by Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA), participated in a Subcommittee field hearing, requested by Democrats, held today at the Port of New Orleans to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and review Federal efforts to support the City’s recovery. Several officials participated in the day’s events, including Housing and Insurance Subco...

Flood Insurance Relief for Thousands Becomes Law

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Reform legislation signed today by the President Today, President Barack Obama signed into law comprehensive legislation designed to end unaffordable flood insurance rate hikes. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, lauded the enactment of H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act into law. For months, Waters led a Democratic...

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