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Is Gov. Rick Scott's meeting with the president a political move?

11:27 PM, Feb 24, 2014   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- While Congress debates whether to change the 2012 overhaul of the Federal Flood Insurance Program, Florida Governor Rick Scott pressed the issue with President Barack Obama in Washington.

Scott's been vocal in the past of President Obama's decision to sign the flood bill in the first place, and he was equally as passionate in his desire to help the many Floridian's stuck paying outrageous insurance premiums. The focus: Pinellas County.

"How can they afford these rates? It affects the ability to sell homes."

Many call Scott's meeting a political move in an election year. Doctor Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida believes raising the issue is better than staying silent.

"You gotta start somewhere. One of the places you look to in order to make things happen is Congress, and the President of the United States."

MacManus notes the governor wants to appear like he's fighting for his constituents, especially during an election year. But will today's meeting help get results?

"Policy making is a multi-step venture. It's very frustrating. But one thing is for sure -- as governor, and the people regard this as a critical issue, you just have to push where you can."

A revised flood insurance bill, designed to cut premiums, is expected to go up for a vote on Wednesday. 

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