Tennant pointed out that Capito was one of the original sponsors of the Biggert-Waters act, and promoted the bill's passage on the floor of the House. Although Capito has since acknowledged flaws in the bill and has also met with state residents to help come up with solutions, Tennant said little is being done to help those affected by the act.
"[Capito] doesn't get a pat on the back for passing legislation that hurts West Virginians," Tennant said. "She doesn't get a pass on that."
Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a bill delaying implementation of Biggert-Waters for four years, to allow lawmakers time to come up with a solution to the problems created by the act and create a viable flood insurance system. But Tennant said a similar bill - which Capito says she supports - is stalled in the House.
In the meantime, homeowners are stuck not knowing if they will be able to sell their homes or whether they can afford to pay their flood insurance bills, Tennant said.
"The real issue here is how can this happen," she said.
"This is just unconscionable that Washington would cause this problem and then not come together for people who are fearing losing their homes."
Tennant proposes stopping the rate hikes created under the Biggert-Waters act, paying back anyone who has already been hit by the hikes and returning to the drawing board to come up with a risk-based flood insurance rate system that makes more sense than Biggert-Waters.
Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.