Our Congressional delegation is united—across party and geographic lines—in the fight to find solutions to ensure that flood insurance remains affordable for Louisiana families and businesses.
Yesterday, I took FEMA's Associate Administrator David Miller, who is in charge of the National Flood Insurance Program, on a tour of the local flood protection infrastructure we've built in Southeast Louisiana. Currently, FEMA does not take these local efforts into account when determining flood risk, which causes insurance rates for home owners and businesses to skyrocket.
Bringing our parish presidents, business leaders, and homeowners to speak face-to-face with Mr. Miller was an important step forward to establish a plan to help residents afford the insurance protection they need. Like I've said before, flood insurance must be affordable, accessible and self-sustainable for Louisianians, and I hope FEMA will use what they've learned here to do just that.
For the last 300 years, we have been here along this working coast that supplies the country with the domestic energy that fuels our economy, produces one-third of the nation's seafood and drains 40 percent of the North American continent. We aren't going to retreat, and we aren't leaving.
We can--and we will--continue this fight together to make flood insurance affordable for our families and businesses.
All the best,