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Senator Blunt Continues Efforts To Block Administration’s Takeover Of Flood Standards, State Waters

July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, successfully pushed for language defunding the Flood Risk Management Plan in the committee-passed Financial Services and General Government spending bill for fiscal year 2016. The bill is now ready for consideration by the Senate.

“The federal government should work for the American people – not the other way around,” Blunt said. “The Obama Administration’s order overreaches into flood risk negotiations between Missouri’s small businesses, local governments, and private property owners, impacting projects receiving federal funding  in the floodplain. I’m pleased this language was included in the Committee-passed bill, and I’ll keep working to protect Missourians from burdensome regulations and make government more transparent and accountable.”

The measure includes language supported by Blunt to defund the Flood Risk Management Plan. Earlier this year, Blunt joined his colleagues in a letter questioning the legality of the executive order from President Obama that sets standards for reducing flood risk. The following language is included in the bill:

“None of the funds made available by this or any other Act may be used to implement, administer, carry out, modify, revise or enforce Executive Order 13690 (entitled ‘Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input’).”

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