Flood policy standoff tests Democrats’ promise of climate action

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Bound Brook flood, Hurricane Irene, new jersey

CHRISTOPHER FLAVELLE and DAVID SCHULTZ / BLOOMBERG – A Congressional deadlock over flood insurance highlights the difficulty of enacting the type of reforms urged last week in a U.S. government report on climate change — even for Democrats, who embraced the report’s findings.

The heavily indebted National Flood Insurance Program, which provides subsidized coverage for homes in flood-prone areas, is scheduled to expire at midnight on Friday after months of debate over long-term changes. Both the House and Senate passed a one-week extension on Thursday night …

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