U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) successfully helped remove a pernicious new flood insurance mandate from the pending highway bill. This new mandate would have required millions of Americans, including one to two million Pennsylvanians, to buy flood insurance even though they are already protected by accredited dams and levees.
"Thanks to the hard work of Sens. Mark Pryor, John Hoeven, Rep. Bill Shuster and the rest of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation, we were able to successfully remove this unfair, new mandate from the highway bill," Sen. Toomey said. "This mandate would have unfairly forced many Pennsylvanians to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars each year on insurance premiums even though their communities have already invested in sound flood control protection. Removing this double whammy from the highway bill is a huge win for our state and the millions of Americans across the country who would have been impacted."