Statement by National Association of Professional Insurance Agents
WASHINGTON — In the early-morning hours of Feb. 9, Congress passed, and the president subsequently signed, a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that included another short-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through March 23, 2018. The passage of another CR demonstrates once again the need for Congress to pass a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP, according to the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA). Lapses in the NFIP, even very short ones, have a negative effect on consumers.
“While it is disappointing that the NFIP lapsed again, though this time only for a few overnight hours, we’re pleased with the extension to March 23rd. Congress must use the time between now and then to move away from short-term measures and provide a long-term reauthorization of this program,” said PIA National Vice President of Government Relations Jon Gentile. “The NFIP is a program that requires certainty. It is also in great need of reforms. PIA will continue our advocacy for a long-term reauthorization of the program that recognizes the essential role independent agents play in providing expert advice to consumers.”
Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America SM. PIA’s web address is www.pianet.com.