U.S. Senate expected to vote today to delay flood insurance rate hikes

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday afternoon will vote on a bill that would reverse a 2012 law that forced steep increases in flood insurance rates for homeowners in Florida, Louisiana and other states.

The vote is expected at 1:50 p.m., and supporters hope it will pass by a large enough measure to send a message to the House, where Republican leaders have said they will not take up the bill.

“Now the question is, what happens down there?” Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla, said during debate Wednesday, motioning to the House.

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