PIA National supports National Flood Insurance Program extension

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The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National) supports the House of Representatives effort to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for two weeks ending June 14.

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“PIA National is pleased that, once signed into law by the president, the NFIP will not lapse Friday,” Jon Gentile, vice president of government relations for PIA National, said. “Hurricane season begins June 1 and several states over the last few weeks have been dealing with disastrous flooding. Bringing the NFIP to the brink of lapse is unfair to homeowners who rely on this vital program.”

The two-week extension was previously blocked by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), who demanded a recorded vote. While the House is currently out of session, officials said it could pass legislation in pro forma session using unanimous consent if no members object. A recorded vote cannot take place until the House returns.

Sen. John Kennedy’s (R-LA) sponsored the legislation resulting in the NFIP extension.

“The NFIP is a safety net for millions of Americans, and we could not afford to let it lapse,” Kennedy said. “This is another short-term fix, but it buys us two weeks to keep the program functioning until we can pass a longer extension. We need to pass the disaster supplemental package as soon as possible to ensure the NFIP’s viability as we enter hurricane season.”

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