Scott asks Obama about federal flood insurance

By News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 24 2014 05:12:40 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 24 2014 07:10:00 PM EST
President Obama meets with governors

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the National Governors Association
in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Gov. Rick Scott and other governors met with President Barack Obama on Monday at the White House.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Scott got a chance to ask the president about rising costs for federal flood insurance.

Rates are expected to increase for many Floridians due to a law passed by Congress last year.

Scott wants the president to prevent the rate increase with executive action because Congress is stalled on the issue.

Executive action is something the president has been pushing lately with his "year of action" message in his State of the Union speech.

The president told the governors if Congress won't act on certain issues, then he will work directly with the states to try to get things done.

"Despite this being an election year, there will be occasions where both parties determine it makes sense to actually get some things done in this town," Obama said. "But wherever, wherever I can work on my own to expand opportunities for more Americans, I'm going to do that. And I am absolutely convinced that the time is right to partner with the states and governors all across the country on these agendas."

It's unclear if the president will act on the flood insurance concerns.

The Senate last month passed a bill delaying major rate increases for four years, but the measure has met resistance in the House.

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