House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2018 (S.1182). Introduced by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), this legislation keeps the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) authorized through the upcoming hurricane season.
“Last year’s devastating hurricane season was a grave reminder of the importance of flood insurance and other protections. So today, House Republicans are giving families peace of mind to know that the NFIP is extended through the upcoming season. I thank Rep. MacArthur, who knows all too well the damage a major hurricane can do to coastal communities, for his leadership on this bill.
“Our flood insurance program needs real reforms that strengthen the program so home and business owners have affordable and reliable flood insurance options. Last fall, the House passed the 21st Century Flood Reform Act to develop more accurate mapping, improve the financial stability of the NFIP, and increase the role of the private sector in managing flood insurance risks. Unfortunately, the Senate has failed to act on our 21st Century Flood Reform Act. I encourage them to follow our lead and ensure that these protections are available to people who need them most.”