Disgust at Plan to Fund Border Wall with Flood Insurance Surcharges

NJTV News | March 14, 2017 | More Issues
The president ‘promised Mexico would pay, not Superstorm Sandy victims,’ said U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell

Joe Mangino of Beach Haven West lost his home and his business to Superstorm Sandy. But the aftermath was almost worse as he and his family struggled for years to rebuild.

Now Mangino and other Sandy survivors are outraged at a proposal from the Trump administration to fund the construction of a Mexico border wall with surcharges on flood insurance policies, including more than 230,000 in New Jersey.

“President Trump promised Mexico would pay, not Superstorm Sandy victims,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell.

“In addition to hiking flood insurance premiums, the administration also has included billions of dollars in cuts to the Coast Guard,” said Sen. Bob Menendez, who yesterday announced a series of reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program. His proposals include making policy rates more affordable, repealing surcharges on homeowners, revamping the appeals process, and cracking down on contractor fraud and abuse.

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