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Temporary Increase in Borrowing Authority for National Flood Insurance Program

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. GIBSON. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the legislation.

Indeed, as was intimated moments ago, in the summer of 2011, my district was struck by Hurricanes Irene and Lee. We came together as a body to support my constituents; and with that assistance provided, we are in the process of rebuilding--and still rebuilding, I might add. Now we come together in the wake of this devastating natural disaster, Sandy. My State, along with our neighbor States, was struck again. Making certain that our communities have the resources they need has brought me to the floor today again to advocate for New York families, businesses, and farms.

Today's vote is a step forward, the National Flood Insurance Program exists for circumstances like this, but more remains. We must come together at the outset of this legislative session to address both the immediate recovery needs and the longer-term rebuilding efforts. I'm committed to this recovery effort. I'm proud of the work our delegations have achieved to date. We need to continue that.

I want to thank the gentleman from New Jersey for bringing this bill to the floor today, and I urge my colleagues to support it.


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