PIA Decries Objection to NFIP Extension
PIA National sent out a statement expressing deep disappointment that Congress has now put the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on the brink of lapse at the beginning of hurricane season, due to an objection to two bills in the House of Representatives. The House is currently out of session, but can pass legislation in pro forma session using unanimous consent if no members object. A recorded vote cannot take place until the House returns next week.
Late last week, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) objected to the unanimous-consent passage of H.R. 2157, disaster relief legislation that also includes a 4-month extension of the NFIP. The bill was brought up again today, and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) objected and demanded a recorded vote. The House leadership then tried to pass S. 1693, standalone legislation that would provide a two-week extension of the NFIP, which will expire this coming Friday, May 31, unless Congress acts to extend it; this bill passed the Senate last week. Unfortunately, the House GOP objected to this as well, and also demanded a recorded vote.
“One only need look at the recent devastating flooding in the Midwest to know how high the stakes are for homeowners,” said Jon Gentile, vice president of government relations for PIA National. “Putting the NFIP on the brink of lapse right at the beginning of hurricane season displays, at best, indifference and, at worse, a callous disregard for the seriousness of flooding events.” - more -