NFIP Short-Term Extension Passed by Congress
Congress has passed a measure to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until Friday, December 7, 2018. The program was initially set to expire on Friday, November 30, 2018.
H.R. 7187, or the “National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2018,” was sponsored by Rep. Thomas MacArthur (R-NJ) and introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday, November 29, 2018.
Representatives from both sides of the aisle expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of a long-term solution for the NFIP. Some spoke in favor of the passage of the short-term reauthorization, while others urged for a more substantial response instead. The current bill marks the eighth extension of the program since 2017.
The bill passed the House with a vote of 350-46 and passed the Senate by unanimous consent. It must now be signed by President Donald Trump.
Additionally, a six-month extension, S. 3628, sponsored by Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) was passed by the Senate by voice vote. This measure was originally introduced on November 15, 2018, and would reauthorize the NFIP until May 31, 2019.