PIA Supports Flood Bills Encouraging Development of Private Market

On September 30, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)’s authority to operate was extended until December 3, 2021. This is the 17th short term extension of the NFIP since its last five-year reauthorization expired in 2017. PIA supports a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP that recognizes the key role independent agents play in delivering the …

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Senate Passes Amended Funding Bill with NFIP Extension

Today the Senate passed an amended version of H.R. 5305, the continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the federal government until December 3, 2021, by a vote of 65 to 35. Importantly for PIA members, the CR includes an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until December 3 as well. An earlier version …

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NFIP Extension and Federal Funding Fail to Pass Senate

The U.S. Senate tonight failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed on H.R. 5305, the continuing resolution (CR) that would have funded the federal government until December 3, 2021. The bill passed the House last week by a vote of 220-211. In the Senate, however, a motion to invoke cloture, a procedure that …

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Risk Rating 2.0 Dominates Second Senate Hearing on NFIP Reauthorization

On June 17, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held a second hearing on the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The first hearing was held in May. The hearing featured the testimony of David I. Maurstad, the Deputy Associate Administrator of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), …

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Employment Status of Independent Agents Threatened

On March 9, the U.S. House passed H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, mostly along party lines, as expected. The PRO Act’s intention is to reform current labor law in a variety of areas. For PIA members, the bill’s most significant provision would amend the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. …

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Senate Sends PPP Extension to White House

On March 25, by a vote of 92-7, the Senate passed H.R. 1799, the PPP Extension Act of 2021, which would extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application deadline to May 31, 2021. The House previously passed the bill on March 16 by a vote of 415-3. PIA supports this bipartisan legislation and, along …

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Democrats Obtain Narrow Majority in Senate

On January 5, Georgia voters participated in two runoff elections to choose their Senators for the 117th Congress. Each state’s Senate seats are classed so that voters typically only elect one of their two Senators in a single election cycle. However, in November 2020, both of Georgia’s Senators, Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler were …

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Member Spotlight: Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

Kevin Cramer was elected to the U.S. Senate from North Dakota in 2018. Previously, he served as North Dakota’s At-Large Member in the U.S. House. Prior to joining Congress, Sen. Cramer served as a commissioner on the North Dakota Public Service Commission. Sen. Cramer received a BA from Concordia College and a master’s degree in …

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Senate Approves Bill that Includes NFIP Extension Until Sept. 2021

This evening, the U.S. Senate voted to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through December 11, 2020 by a vote of 84-10. This follows action from the House, which cleared the measure on September 22.  In a key win for PIA members, the bill includes an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until next year, …

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PPP Loan Forgiveness Effort is Stymied in Senate

Throughout the summer, PIA National advocated for legislation to improve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness process. In recent weeks, we have been working with a loose coalition of business groups to urge the passage of bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND).  This afternoon, S. 4117, the Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act, was brought to the …

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