On the evening of June 3rd, the U.S. House passed H.R. 2157, disaster relief legislation that also includes an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to September 30th. This comes after the House failed to extend the NFIP on three recent occasions, before finally passing a two-week extension on Thursday May 30th, which the president signed into law hours before the program’s expiration.
After its passage in the House, PIA National urged President Trump to sign the disaster relief bill into law, which he did on June 6th.
This is the 12th short term extension of the NFIP since its original expiration date in September 2017. PIA National is calling on Congress to take the time between now and September 30th to provide a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP. Any reauthorization of the NFIP should include reforms to the program and PIA National has recommended reforms in meetings and written testimony. There is a possibility the U.S. House Financial Services Committee may consider a legislative package to reauthorize the program as early as next week during a markup using draft legislation released in March as a starting point.