By Bruce Alpert, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune
WASHINGTON – Sen. David Vitter, R-La. is urging President Barack Obama to wait before promoting FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to secretary of the Department of Homeland Security until his agency helps to offset big hikes in flood insurance premiums.
Fugate is rumored as a likely successor to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who is moving to the top job at the California’s massive state university system. Another official mentioned as a possible successor to Napolitano is Thad Allen, the former Coast Guard commandant.
Vitter’s letter, which his office is preparing to send to the president early this week, coincides with requests from Louisiana Parish officials for Congress to avert substantial increases in premiums as FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, implements a 2012 flood insurance reform bill designed to make the program fiscally sound.
“In light of the extremely serious challenges facing him (Fugate) under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP),” Vitter said he feels “strongly that these challenges must be addressed in a very serious manner before he is promoted to any other position.” Vitter said he is prepared to use the “rules of the U.S. Senate,” implying he would put a hold on the nomination if necessary until FEMA addresses the flood insurance issues.
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