NFIP reform vote delayed

NFIP reform vote delayed

NFIP reform vote delayed House Republicans’ plan to vote this week on a bill to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been delayed.

A House staffer blamed the delay on a “technical” issue that was the result of bundling several flood insurance bills together into one piece of legislation in an attempt to get it to the House Floor.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) have been pushing to get the bill passed, according to a Houston Chronicle report.

“The bill we support will begin to make the flood insurance program more stable and sustainable for the people who count on it,” Scalise and Hensarling said in a joint statement this week. “Being from Louisiana and Texas, we are all too familiar with the devastating effects of floods and the havoc they wreak on communities.”

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However, the legislation has received pushback from some insurance professionals. The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has come out against the bill, saying that if passed into law, it would cause increased costs that could force independent insurance agents to stop participating in the NFIP.


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