DNC: Another Disaster, Another Budget Cut

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Democratic National Committee

    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- President Bush's 2002 budget would
 limit access to the National Flood Insurance Program by phasing out flood
 coverage for property owners who have made flood-damage claims before and
 raising premiums for some businesses and rentals.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000107/DCF015 )
     "President Bush is sending a clear signal to the American people -- suffer
 a natural disaster in your state, and I'll find a way to cut its funding,"
 said Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe.  "Bush, yet
 again, has shown that he is out of touch with Americans.  No one can predict
 when nature will thwart the steps we take to reduce the risk of floods.  Bush
 doesn't understand that for many families, moving -- just is not an option,"
 McAuliffe said.
     Of 4.3 million policyholders in the government-run flood insurance
 program, approximately 55,000 have filed claims more than once in a 10-year
 period.  With the cuts Bush is proposing, about 10,000 of those policyholders
 could lose their coverage. (USA Today, 4/25/01)
     Noting that Bush's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director and
 former campaign manager, Joe Allbaugh, angered Iowans by saying they have not
 taken enough steps to protect themselves from flood damage and that there
 should be "a point of no return," McAullife said, "Bush and Allbaugh have a
 new motto:  'I'm from the government; I'm not here to help.'"
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- President Bush's 2002 budget would
 limit access to the National Flood Insurance Program by phasing out flood
 coverage for property owners who have made flood-damage claims before and
 raising premiums for some businesses and rentals.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000107/DCF015 )
     "President Bush is sending a clear signal to the American people -- suffer
 a natural disaster in your state, and I'll find a way to cut its funding,"
 said Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe.  "Bush, yet
 again, has shown that he is out of touch with Americans.  No one can predict
 when nature will thwart the steps we take to reduce the risk of floods.  Bush
 doesn't understand that for many families, moving -- just is not an option,"
 McAuliffe said.
     Of 4.3 million policyholders in the government-run flood insurance
 program, approximately 55,000 have filed claims more than once in a 10-year
 period.  With the cuts Bush is proposing, about 10,000 of those policyholders
 could lose their coverage. (USA Today, 4/25/01)
     Noting that Bush's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director and
 former campaign manager, Joe Allbaugh, angered Iowans by saying they have not
 taken enough steps to protect themselves from flood damage and that there
 should be "a point of no return," McAullife said, "Bush and Allbaugh have a
 new motto:  'I'm from the government; I'm not here to help.'"
 
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