SmarterSafer coalition calls for U.S. flood insurance reform, facing December deadline

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Recent efforts to overhaul NFIP has reached a struggling point, but one business group wants to push ahead. The latest shot at American flood insurance reform has come across a serious obstacle in its attempts to move ahead. However, a business and environmental groups coalition has strengthened its call for an overhaul to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). They’re pushing for lawmakers to make much needed changes to the program before its December expiry. The flood insurance reforms need to be made before December 8, 2017 if they are…

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US lawmakers may be ready to fix flood insurance

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Federal insurance program continues to struggled beneath massive debt The U.S. Congress may be ready to finally find a solution to the problems that have crippled the National Flood Insurance Program. The program has been the only place that homeowners could find flood protection for several years, but the program itself has struggled under financial strain for nearly as long as it has existed. After being hit by several powerful natural disasters, the insurance program is currently more than $27 billion in debt, which has affected its ability to pay…

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Flood insurance rate hike delay voted through by Senate

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As was predicted, the United States Senate has now given their approval to hold back the rising prices. Many states, particularly those with coastlines, have been expressing outrage from their homeowners as flood insurance rates have been threatening to skyrocket as a result of a law that would have forced the increases. However, the Senate has now passed a bill that would stop some of the law’s increase forcing elements. The flood insurance bill was passed with a vote of 67 to 32. This was a direct result of a…

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SmarterSafer.org Statement Praises Senate Agreement to Vote on Long-Term Flood Reform

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WASHINGTON ‒ SmarterSafer.org today released a statement praising the U.S. Senate for agreeing to vote on a long-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) after passing a 60-day extension of the NFIP. “We are pleased that the U.S. Senate has agreed to finally consider long-term reform of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) after they voted for a 60-day extension of the troubled program.  Flood reform not only shares wide bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House, it is the stated policy of the Administration. “We…

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With National Flood Safety Awareness Week Kicking Off, SmarterSafer.org Urges Congress to Pass Long-Term Extension of Flood Insurance Program

With National Flood Safety Awareness Week kicking off, SmarterSafer.org is urging Congress to pass meaningful flood insurance reform and provide a long-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In a letter being sent to Congress today, the group said reform is necessary to protect homeowners and businesses. “March 12-16 has been designated as National Flood Safety Awareness Week, however, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has yet to be extended and is set to expire at the end of May,” said SmarterSafer.org. “The NFIP must be reformed and…

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Consumer advocates encourage president Obama to speak out on NFIP during State of the Union address

President Obama will be delivering the annual State of the Union address this week on the 24th of January. In the past, the president has used this occasion to highlight some of the major issues that have put the nation on edge. He has also outlined plans legislators have come up with to fix a number of these problems. This year, consumer advocates from SmarterSafer.org are urging the president to make a statement regarding the state of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Thousands of people get their flood insurance…

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SMARTERSAFER.ORG ASKS PRESIDENT OBAMA TO CALL FOR CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON NFIP

PRESS RELEASE: SmarterSafer.org today asked President Obama to use his upcoming State of the Union address to urge Congress to take meaningful reform of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that makes a number of needed reforms that would put NFIP on sound financial footing, and the U.S. Senate Banking Committee unanimously approved a similar bill in September. “We believe the House and Senate bills can be easily reconciled, with a final bill sent to your desk for signature this year,”…

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National Flood Insurance expiration delayed until January, legislators still slow to act

There seems to be no resolution in sight for the troubles plaguing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The program, which provides thousands of homeowners with affordable flood insurance coverage, is scheduled to expire on December 18, but legislators have yet to make an attempt to fix what has been called by insurance professionals a broken system. NFIP has stood before Congress for several months now through a series of imminent expirations. Thus far, legislators have done little else beyond voting to extend the program for another month, but that…

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SmarterSafer.org Statement Urges Congress to Pass Permanent NFIP Reform as Hurricane

(Washington, DC) ‒ SmarterSafer.org today released a statement urging Congress to pass long-term, common-sense NFIP reform at the end of the 2011 Hurricane Season: “The 2011 hurricane season has come to an end, yet there are those who are still struggling from the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Communities across the United States have seen firsthand the need for a National Flood Insurance Program that protects lives and property while saving taxpayer dollars. The U.S. Congress has had several opportunities to pass permanent NFIP reform that has support in both the…

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National Flood Insurance Program wins extension from Senate

The National Flood Insurance Program seems to have avoided expiration again, as federal legislators passed a new short-term funding bill that would keep the program afloat until December 16 of this year. The program has been burdened by crippling debt since 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. The majority of people in the U.S. have flood insurance provided by the program, which has put pressure on lawmakers to fix the program before these people lose their insurance coverage. Fixing the program, however, seems to be easier said than done. NFIP was scheduled to…

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