Senate honors victims of 16th Street Baptist Church bombing

The bill, which now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature, awards posthumously a congressional gold medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. More than 50 years ago, those four girls were killed in a church bombing, which helped launch the Civil Rights Movement.

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Before adjourning for the weekend, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev.) also filed a motion to end debate on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which the Senate will continue to consider next week.

He said there would be no roll-call votes on Monday. The cloture vote would be at noon on Tuesday. 

Reid added that the cloture vote might not be necessary if an agreement is reached on an amendment from Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). Landrieu’s amendment would delay the increase in flood insurance rates. She said the expected increase would devastate homeowners who live along coasts across the country because federal flood insurance rates would be so high.

“I cannot let this WRDA bill go forward without at least raising a red flag on flood insurance,” Landrieu said earlier Thursday.

Reid said progress was being made to ensure Landrieu gets a vote or a compromise.

“[Landrieu] is concerned about flood insurance,” Reid said before filing the cloture motion. “I mean this as a compliment, she’s been like a bull dog on this issue. When she gets a hold of something it’s hard to loosen if from her jaw.”

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and ranking member David Vitter (R-La.) introduced the Water Resources Development Act. S. 601 would authorize projects related to flood and storm risk reduction, coast and inland navigation, and ecosystem restoration.