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Relief bill's flaws I

| Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, 8:58 p.m.

Relief bill's flaws

I am writing about the unfair criticism of U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus and U.S. Rep. Scott Perry for their votes against the $9.7 billion in Hurricane Sandy flood-insurance relief. I congratulate them for taking a stand against a very poorly drafted bill that provides subsidies to people and real estate firms building housing on flood plains.

Language to prevent these subsidies could have easily been inserted into the bill. The bill should have also included reforms that would have made the program solvent.

I am certain that neither Mr. Rothfus nor Mr. Perry wish to make the victims of Hurricane Sandy suffer. They are only standing firm for proper legislation and they should be applauded for doing so.

C. Edward Pfeifer

Shadyside

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