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Government funding deal means National Flood Insurance Program extended

1 month 4 weeks 1 day ago Monday, October 02 2023 Oct 2, 2023 October 02, 2023 11:24 AM October 02, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - The last-minute weekend deal to avert a federal government shutdown included something Louisiana's congressional delegation has championed: an extension for the National Flood Insurance Program.

The bipartisan agreement that passed on Saturday ensured the continuation of the program -- but only until Nov. 17.

Anything beyond that will require additional action.

“We are thankful Congress came together in a bipartisan way to avert this shutdown, but our work isn’t over, the National Association of Realtors said in a statement. "This is a short-term extension, and we will be right back here in November."

Louisiana U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, a Republican, was among those warning of dire consequences if the program were to lapse.

“Five million Americans and half-a-million Louisianians rely on the National Flood Insurance Program to protect their homes and businesses," he said last week, as he urged Congress to extend funding.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) called the reauthorization part of an "imperfect" but essential piece of congressional business over the weekend.

Stand-alone legislation on the NFIP failed to get through Congress in the waning days of September.

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