WASHINGTON–Despite a looming veto threat from the Bush administration and anticipated opposition in the Senate, the House passed legislation today reforming the National Flood Insurance Program–including a controversial provision to add windstorm coverage to the federal policy.

H.R. 3121–the Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007–was approved by a vote of 263-to-146. All House Democrats but one supported the legislation–Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., was the party’s lone dissenter–while 45 Republicans broke ranks and voted in favor of the bill.

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