Spending bill delays some flood insurance hikes

      By ANDREW TAYLORAssociated Press

      WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeowners worried that new federal flood maps will send their flood insurance premiums skyrocketing would get some short-term relief under a provision tucked into a massive government-wide funding bill.

      But other changes to the federal flood insurance program, including higher premiums on vacation homes and frequently flooded properties will remain in place, as well as a new rule blocking homeowners from passing insurance subsidies on to the people who buy their homes.

      The provision by Louisiana lawmakers and political rivals - Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu and GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy - comes as the Senate is poised to debate much broader relief to homeowners facing higher premiums.

      The underlying $1.1 trillion spending bill is set for a House vote on Wednesday and Senate approval later in the week.

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