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Taylor: No wind, no support

Taylor: No wind, no support

By: Magnolia Tribune - June 6, 2008

The Sun Herald, 6/6/8

Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Bay St. Louis, a reluctant superdelegate, told the Sun Herald that he would not support either of the two Democratic presidential hopefuls – Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton – or Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., because of the failure of the three senators to vote on an amendment adding wind coverage to the federal flood insurance program.

“I’m mad at all three of them,” said Taylor.

Nonetheless, Taylor said he would try and get the wind provision in the final bill when the Senate and House committees of jurisdiction meet soon in a conference to work out differences between the bills approved by each chamber. The wind amendment, authored by Taylor, is part of the House bill and the Mississippi lawmaker has spoken to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., about being on the conference committee. “Hopefully, I will be a conferee,” he said.

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