2022 Midterm Elections, the 118th Congress, and Implications for the NFIP: A Post-Webinar Recap

Last week, Lauren Pachman, PIA’s counsel and director of regulatory affairs, participated in a panel discussion hosted by the National Flood Association (NFA), on whose board she serves. She was joined on the panel by Chris Brown of Mindset, Brett Hewitt of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA), Travis Johnson of 1607 Strategies, and …

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118th Congress Begins Amid Leadership Uncertainty

The 118th Congress begins today, January 3rd, 2023, bringing divided leadership to Washington, D.C. The Republican party is now in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, which is made up of 222 Republicans and 212 Democrats (and one vacancy). The U.S. Senate will continue to be led by the Democratic party, which has 48 Senate …

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Omnibus Heads to Biden’s Desk for Signature

The federal government is currently on the precipice of finalizing a sweeping, $1.7 trillion omnibus funding package, just in time to prevent a looming government shutdown, which would have begun at midnight tonight. Funding the government through the end of the current fiscal year was the final item on the 117th Congress’s agenda. The omnibus …

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PIA Agents Fly in to Advocate on Crop Insurance

A few of the participants outside the office of Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) This week, crop insurance agents from PIA affiliates from North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Minnesota came to Washington, D.C. to advocate on a variety of issues related to the federal crop insurance program.   Crop insurance provides our nation’s farmers with the …

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Outcomes of Key Races Remain Unclear, House and Senate Majorities Uncertain

After months of campaigning, the midterm congressional and state elections concluded yesterday. At the federal level, all 435 House seats and 35 of the 100 Senate seats were up for grabs, with the outcome to determine who will control Congress for the next two years. At the time of this posting on Wednesday morning, the …

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PIA Asks Senate to Reject ENABLERS

Recently, PIA joined a coalition of trade associations in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressing our opposition to the Establishing New Authorities for Business Laundering and Enabling Risks to Security (ENABLERS) Act, which passed the House as part of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act …

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House Passes NFIP Extension

The House this afternoon passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through December 16, 2022 by a vote of 230-201. An extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), set to expire tonight, Friday, September 30 at 11:59pm, was included in the bill. The Senate passed the bill earlier this week. The CR …

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Cannabis Safe Banking Passes House as Part of Defense Bill Once Again

The House of Representatives has again passed the SAFE Banking Act, a PIA top priority, for the 4th time this Congress. The SAFE Banking Act would protect insurance agents and carriers from federal prosecution doing business with cannabis-related enterprises in states in which such businesses are legal. Nearly every state has legalized cannabis to some degree. …

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PIA Testifies at House NFIP Hearing

PIA National Secretary Ariel Rivera testifying before the House Financial Services Committee The House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance held a hearing earlier today entitled, “Reauthorization and Reform of the National Flood Insurance Program.” Testifying on behalf of PIA was Ariel Rivera, Secretary of PIA and founder and agency principal …

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