This is the same bill that Congressman Michael Grimm repeatedly mentioned during the flap after his threats and then his apology to NY 1 reporter Michael Scotto
Democrat “stunt” on House votes sure to embarrass Grimm back at home
According to Daily News reporter Dan Friedman, “In the last two days, ... Grimm voted twice against bringing to the House floor his own bill to delay flood insurance premium hikes -- the one he was referencing last week *** Grimm voted with almost all other Republicans in party line votes against procedural motions by Democrats to force House floor votes on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, a bill Grimm sponsors and calls a top priority....” (See “Grimm Votes Against Taking up His Own Flood Bill” by Dan Friedman, 4/6/14, NY Daily News/ Mouth of the Potomac [http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dc/2014/02/grimm-opposes-his-own-flood-bill-in-procedural-votes-0]).
In Grimm’s defense, an congressional aide said that Congressman Grimm still supported his own bill, which mirrored a measure that the Senate passed last week. However, the aide claimed that Grimm voted with GOP party leaders to squash the Democrats’ motions to advance the bill because those motions were “a political stunt,” to force votes on the flood insurance bill while the House was considering another bill. Almost all the roughly 50 Republican cosponsors of measure, like Grimm, voted against considering it, but faced with that choice, two other Republicans from flood-impacted districts, Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) joined with Democrats in voting to take up the flood bill.
According to Dan Friedman, “Votes like Grimm's are why political stunts happen. *** Especially in contrast with Jones and Cassidy, Grimm's vote gives Democrats a chance to attack his case for reelection: He says he is an independent, if sometimes angry, voice for his constituents. *** Democrats can point out he just voted twice with leadership against voting on a bill his constituents strongly back.”
In case you missed it last week or might have forgotten, Congressman Michael Grimm had explained that his threat to throw a NY1 reporter off a “f…..g balcony”, was partly a result of a long day “fighting for flood insurance.” After he apologized to the reporter Grimm said he was going to go back to fight for his district especially on the flood insurance issue. However, in the last two days, Grimm voted twice against bringing his own bill to delay flood insurance premium hikes to the floor. That was exactly the one that he was referring to last week.