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Pascrell, LoBiondo Announce House Vote to Give Relief on Flood Insurance Premiums, Certainty to Real Estate Markets

Congressmen Led Bipartisan Efforts in Response to Provisions of Biggert-Waters to Help Affected Homeowners

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) and Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) this evening announced that the full House will vote in February on new flood insurance legislation to address the increases in many premiums mandated under the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform law. The new bill will meld provisions from the previously-introduced legislation by Reps. Michael Grimm (NY-11) and Maxine Waters (CA-43) – which Pascrell and LoBiondo were cosponsors – and proposals from Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA-06). The new legislation will also permanently remove the home sale rate increase trigger for homeowners looking to sell, thus providing certainty to the real estate market.

"This deal will allow homeowners in flood-ravaged communities across northern New Jersey to avoid skyrocketing insurance costs that otherwise would have been simply unbearable," said U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. "With the unintended consequences of the Biggert-Waters Act resolved, homeowners can focus on rebuilding their lives instead of worrying about losing their homes. I'm proud to be part of this bipartisan, commonsense fix and look forward to swift passage on the House floor."

“To say reaching this point wasn’t a Herculean battle would be an understatement, but it was achieved by the united bipartisan effort on behalf of the millions of homeowners affected, including thousands living in South Jersey. While the new legislation may not be what we all wanted or what I introduced last year, this is the best compromise possible for a great majority of homeowners facing the real threat of excessive increases,” said U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo. “I deeply appreciate the partnership of Bill and Jon throughout this flood insurance fix and the Sandy aid funding fight. I am especially thankful of Majority Leader Cantor’s determination and commitment to finding a result to this national problem.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA-07) made the formal announcement this evening.

Details of the new legislation will be released late next week. The bill will be on the House suspension calendar the week of February 24th, thus unable to be amended on the floor and requiring 2/3 of those voting for passage.

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