On April 11, Florida Governor Charlie Crist called on Congress to legislate a national catastrophe fund to ensure the availability and affordability of p/c insurance along the Gulf Coast and other regions devastated by hurricanes. Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) supported some federal relief, such as tax deductions for homeowners insurance premiums, but he did not endorse Gov. Crist's "CAT" fund request. Edward Lazear, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, said the Administration opposes putting taxpayers on the hook for a backstop. Ranking Republican Richard Shelby (R-AL) said that the "financial mismanagement" of the National Flood Insurance Program ($20 billion in debt) shows that a national catastrophe fund would be actuarially infeasible.