The problem with the industry-crafted bill is that it excludes mining from floodplain regulations. Similar exclusions in other states have jeopardized their ability to receive funds for flood disaster relief and caused them to be "kicked out" of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). FEMA's chief of Floodplain Management says the mining bill is a violation of federal law and could jeopardize Wisconsin's eligibility for NFIP which insures billions of dollars in property value for Wisconsinites.
The compromise bill sponsored by Sen. Bob Jauch (D) and Dale Schultz (R) doesn't exclude mining from floodplain regulations and therefore wouldn't affect eligibility of flood insurance or disaster relief. However, Walker and his allies say they and Gogebic Taconite will walk away from the compromise bill.
How can we come to an agreement if the Republicans refuse to compromise?
Republican: "Uh, what is compromise?"
Person who gets stuff done:
noun. agreement - accommodation - settlement - conciliation
verb. come to terms