Berry Urges Senate to Drop Mandatory Flood Insurance Provisions

WASHINGTON (KAIT) - Congressman Marion Berry led a bipartisan group of 20 members of the House in sending a letter to urge the rejection of mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements included in the Senate version of HR 3121, the Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007.  The Senate legislation would require all property owners near levees, dams and other flood control structures to purchase flood insurance.  The letter is addressed to Senators Christopher Dodd and Richard Shelby, chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

The House version of HR 3121 also includes an amendment offered by Berry which forced FEMA to modify its warning notes on flood maps in order to more fully and accurately describe the protection value of levees and to prevent confusion regarding flood insurance purchase requirements.

Berry represents Arkansas' First District in Congress.