By JOY BROWN
Recruiting all of the region’s congressmen to help advance Blanchard River flood-control efforts is possible, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan said Monday.
During a brief visit to Findlay while en route to Tiffin, Jordan, R-Urbana, said Congress has formed similar power blocs when it comes to defense issues, such as keeping the Lima tank plant operating and Wright-Patterson Air Force base from closing.
Jordan represents the 4th Congressional District, which includes Seneca and Allen counties. Hancock County used to be part of his district, but is now in the 5th Congressional District represented by Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green.
Ohio’s U.S. senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, and Rep. Latta have repeatedly pledged their support to flood-control efforts and have urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding for the Blanchard River flood study.
Jordan said he would work to help bring together other Ohio congressmen, as high up as House Speaker John Boehner, to strengthen the bipartisan effort.
“Obviously Bob (Latta) should take the lead. We will work on that,” Jordan said.
Meanwhile, for those whose flood insurance rates are spiking because of federal mandates enacted in 2012, Jordan said changes are on the way.
The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would delay those increases for four years while legislators seek better ways to make the heavily-subsidized National Flood Insurance Program break even. But the House has more than once refused to vote on the Senate bill, and is expected to introduce its own, Jordan said.
“I want to move to as much of a market approach as we can … but we may not get there anytime soon,” Jordan said.
In other federal business, Jordan said he is siding with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who challenged his Republican colleagues to come up with definitive domestic spending plans, rather than simply being naysayers to ideas and laws proposed by Democrats.
“That way we’re not just saying, ‘Here’s their vision, we don’t like it, so vote for us,’” Jordan said.
Jordan said the “five broad areas” the GOP intends to focus on this year include “providing our fix to health care,” proposing tax code changes, “actually helping the poor” by teaching them work skills instead of providing more welfare, fine-tuning an energy policy, and retooling privacy laws.
“The place is still a mess down there,” he said of politics in the nation’s capital.
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