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CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE on BP Capping Oil and Gulf Coast Relief

CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE SUPPORTS RELIEF FOR THE GULF COAST

Washington, D.C.– Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee supported an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Today, Congresswoman Jackson Lee voted for H.R. 5114, the Flood Insurance Reform Priorities Act of 2010. The bill, which passed in the House with a vote of 329-90, is intended to address the financial and administrative issues regarding the NFIP and is designed to help protect millions of Americans from the devastating economic effects a flood can create.

“Communities like mine in Houston rely heavily on the NFIP to provide security against the risk of flood,” said Congresswoman Jackson Lee.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee introduced an amendment to H.R. 5114 that would effectively prevent states and local governments from misusing new flood insurance policies to disadvantage business and home owners in any way.

“A few years ago, in my home district of Houston, Texas, a city ordinance was passed prohibiting property construction on vacant land located in major floodways and bayous. This ordinance resulted in a massive reduction in property values for almost 10,000 developed and vacant properties including 2,400 single family homes. The ordinance took advantage of the fact that FEMA would be expected to decrease flood insurance premiums by 5% for those areas. Although the communities could pay less for flood insurance, the difference was minimal compared to their losses in property value.

“By firmly stating that state and local governments should not misinterpret these flood insurance laws to put property owners at a disadvantage, we will send the message that Congress will be protecting the interests of American citizens and the people this bill is intended to aid. I will continue to work hard to ensure that measures are in place to prevent such misuse and abuse of our laws, said Congresswoman Jackson Lee.”

Congresswoman Jackson Lee Cautiously Optimistic about BP Capping Oil

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) expressed cautious optimism of the news that BP has capped the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

In response to reports from Admiral Thad W. Allen, National Incident Commander of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, that closing the well off using the containment cap would only be an interim measure, Rep. Jackson Lee stated that, “testing is being measured and we are hoping for the best.”

An unprecedented disaster demands an unprecedented response. Everyone acknowledges the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill has been an unprecedented environmental and ecological disaster, but Bp has failed to offer an unprecedented response. The sealing cap system never before has been deployed at these depths, and its ability to contain the oil and gas cannot be guaranteed.

“The Gulf oil spill is one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. Within 87 days, a substantial amount of jobs have been lost, with an even larger number of families affected. We must move forward and carefully examine the safety measures as we consider lifting the moratorium so that jobs can be created and families can be restored,” Jackson Lee said.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee has been actively engaged in seeking solutions to the oil spill disaster. She has introduced, H.R. 5676, the Omnibus Right to Equitable Means of Ensuring Damages for Injuries are Efficiently Secured (REMEDIES) Act of 2010, a bill that is intended to provide adequate remedies for those suffering damages from the Gulf oil spill.

“Developing measures that define response plans should be a part of legislation aimed at ensuring such an oil spill disaster never happens again,” stated Congresswoman Jackson Lee.

“The Gulf region has a major opportunity to show America we know how to fix problems by safely working with industry, and pressing them to adhere to new science and oil spill technology, so we can create more jobs and improve lives in the Gulf region.”

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Leron Gresham
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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
United States Congress
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