Taylor Leads Congressional Delegation On Third Tour Of The Coast

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A congressional delegation is back in South Mississippi. Congressman Gene Taylor is showing house members where we are post Katrina.

This is the first time the group has visited since Taylor's multi-perils legislation failed. However, Taylor brought a message to South Mississippi to let people know the fight is not over.

"This is something that absolutely has to happen to rebuild the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We are now going to go to conference with the Senate and iron out the differences between the House bill and the Senate bill," said Congressman Gene Taylor.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi selected Taylor to be a part of that conference to make sure Senate leaders hear the message.

"We are very proud of the leadership that he has provided, not only for his own constituents, but for the whole country," said Pelosi.

That's just one reason Pelosi said she chose Taylor to be a part of the conference.

"You have to be in the room when the debates take place and when decisions are made," Pelosi said.

Taylor said the conference will begin sometime this week. That's where the speaker will pick a handful of representatives and the president of the Senate will pick a handful of senators to come to one accord on the multi-perils legislation.

"There is a huge sense of urgency cause this has to happen before the end of September for the National Flood Insurance package to be reorganized by law," Taylor said.

"When we bought the insurance, we bought it with the understanding that we would have coverage. We found out later that we didn't because of some fine print and that needs to be removed," said Hancock Bank Chairman George Schloegel.

Dr. Roger Shaw of Bay St. Louis agrees.

"People aren't going to be able to afford the insurance. It's getting so high. The insurance is more than your house note," said Dr. Shaw.

Shaw has had to rebuild his Bay St. Louis home four times. That's why he's hoping congressional leaders will remove terminology that points the finger to wind or water, so residents of coastal cities can move forward after disaster strikes.

Again, the conference is expected to meet on the multi-perils legislation sometime this week.