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Cassidy loses leadership spot after insurance vote

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy says he's been booted from a Republican leadership position because he broke with GOP leaders in his efforts to stop higher flood insurance premiums from hitting homeowners.

Cassidy said Wednesday that he was removed from the House Republican "whip team" because he sided with Democrats on a procedural vote that could have quickened House consideration of a Senate-passed bill to delay some flood insurance increases.

The "whip team" helps track votes and tries to coax either support or opposition to bills for party leaders. A spokesman for Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy didn't immediately respond to questions about why Cassidy was removed.

Cassidy is running for the U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, and flood insurance rate hikes are an attention-grabbing issue in their home state.

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