House Votes to Extend Flood Insurance Program
Status undecided in Senate
On Tuesday by a voice vote, the House passed a bill to extend the National Flood Insurance Program through the end of the fiscal year, September 30. The program was set to expire the end of May.
House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters of California said, “My bill…would extend the program to September 30, because we recognize that the NFIP is critical to ensuring access to flood insurance coverage across this country. And this extension will afford the ranking member and I time to complete our work on a long-term, bipartisan compromise.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana praised the bill’s passing. “With hurricane season quickly approaching, the House took important action today to prevent a lapse in the National Flood Insurance Program, which is critical to millions of families and small businesses across the country.” He added, “While these short-term patches are necessary to guarantee certainty for policyholders, we must do more.”
The House passed a broader disaster relief package last week. The Senate says it is closing in on a deal on disaster relief, but it remains unclear whether it will include an extension of the flood insurance program.
- For members of the Senate who are taking up disaster relief packages and the possible extension of the national flood insurance program.
For people in the Midwest and South who have been experiencing great flooding in recent weeks and their reliance upon the national insurance.