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Flood Program Extended for One Week

With just hours to go before a scheduled expiration, the House and Senate approved a one-week extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
December 4, 2018

With just hours to go before a scheduled expiration, the House and Senate last Thursday approved a one-week extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This was the eighth temporary extension for the program since it first came up for periodic renewal more than a year ago.

“PIA is pleased with the one week extension to avoid a lapse, but we urge Congress to pass as long an extension as possible into 2019,” said Jon Gentile, vice president of government relations of PIA. The Senate also passed S. 3628, a separate bill offered by Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), which would extend the NFIP for six months to May 31, 2019. That bill now goes to the House.

It is hoped that Sen. Kennedy’s bill, or another NFIP extension, will get incorporated into legislation extending spending authorization for the federal government. “We support Senator Kennedy’s effort to extend the program through May and will support any effort to extend the program into 2019 that gives the new Congress time to find agreement on a long-term reauthorization of the program,” Gentile said.

Due to the passing of former president George H.W. Bush, the House and Senate are expected to pass a two-week extension of the federal appropriations legislation, which will include the NFIP. The NFIP would then expire Friday December 21.

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