National Flood Insurance Program unaffected by shutdown as rate hikes kick in.
Injunction sought against FEMA as new rates kick in Tuesday.
Senate panel members backtracking on votes to support rate hikes in subsidized federal flood insurance program.
Hearing Wednesday focuses on affordability issues in National Flood Insurance Program rate hikes coming in October.
State insurance chief says new flood insurance rates will hit middle- and low-income homeowners hard, forcing some to walk away from their homes.
Rates to sharply increase after Oct. 1, while Louisiana lawmakers cry foul.
Louisiana insurance chief says 2014 NFIP rate increase would raise rates for "working coast" beyond affordability.
Congress is currently deflecting intense pressure to roll back virtually all the increases in flood insurance premiums imposed in 2012.
Amendment passed Tuesday would bar the rate increases by preventing FEMA from using federal funds to implement Sec. 207.
The amendment passed 281-146, and the appropriations bill was later approved by the full House and sent to the Senate.