Aug 28, 2012
Congressman Steve King Votes Against Disaster Response and Flood Preparedness
Despite his new TV ad highlighting the effect flooding had on his business, Congressman Steve King has a terrible record on flooding. In Congress, Congressman King has consistently voted against flood insurance, disaster response, and flood preparedness legislation.
2011: Voted to Cut Flood Prevention Programs in 2011 Budget. King voted for the House Republicans’ spending bill that cut federal spending by about $60 billion from 2010 levels and zeroed out funding for the Watershed and Flood Prevention Operation, a program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. [HR 1, Vote #147, 2/19/11; Argus Leader, 3/19/11]
Voted to Cut $661 Million from the Army Corps of Engineers’ Budget. In February 2011, King voted for the fiscal year 2011 Republican budget that cut funding for the Army Corps of Engineers by $661.4 million from the 2010 budget. Cuts included $441 million from the fiscal year 2010 budget for construction, $121.4 million from the Mississippi River and tributaries, $56 million from investigations, $39 million from operation and maintenance and $4 million from the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). [House Appropriations Committee, HR 1 Cuts; HR 1, Vote #147, 2/19/11]
2010: Voted Against Reauthorizing Insurance Program for Flood Victims. In 2010, King voted against reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program through fiscal 2015. The program provides 95 percent of flood insurance policies in the country and was intended to alleviate the financial burden to taxpayers after a natural disaster. The bill increased the coverage limits for the program and allowed flood insurance premiums to increase by up to 20 percent year. King was one of only 90 legislators to oppose the bill. [CQ Today, 7/15/10; HR 5114, Vote #447, 7/15/10]
2007: Voted Against Reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program and Opposed “Multiperil” Insurance Coverage for Flood Victims. In 2007, King voted against reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program through fiscal year 2013. The bill increased the current limits on coverage that could be purchased by both homeowners and businesses. A key addition to the legislation was to allow the program to provide optional “multiperil” coverage to cover both wind and flood risk in one policy. It also authorized $400 million in each fiscal year through 2013 for FEMA to modernize all flood maps and to map the 500-year floodplain. Despite King’s opposition, the bill passed 263-146. [Congressional Quarterly Weekly, 9/29/07; HR 3121, Vote #921, 9/27/07]
2006: Supported Increasing Interest Rates on Disaster Loans. In 2006, King voted against the Democratic amendment to the emergency appropriations bill, which provided funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for hurricane relief, that would have blocked President Bush’s proposal in his FY 2007 budget to increase the interest rates on disaster loans. By opposing the amendment, Republican Members chose to force disaster loan victims to shoulder additional costs at a time when these individuals were struggling to make ends meet.
The amendment failed 200-219. [HR4939, Vote #62, 3/16/06; Committee on Small Business Release]
2005: One of 11 House Members who voted against a bill providing relief for Hurricane Katrina victims. In 2005, King voted against the $51.8 billion Hurricane Katrina emergency relief and recovery package. The bill passed the House 410-11 and unanimously in the Senate. In September 2009, King called the vote, “the best vote that I cast.” [Washington Post, 9/09/05; HR 3674, Vote #460, 9/08/05; The Hill, 9/22/09]
2005: Supported Eliminating Preparedness Functions from FEMA. In 2005, King voted against a motion to instruct conferees on a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill to continue the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as an agency that both prepares for and responds to man-made and natural disasters. [HR 2360, Sabo motion, Vote #497, 9/28/05]