Insurance News: SmarterSafer.org Urges Congress to Oppose Yet Another Beach House Bailout

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Flood Insurance News… PRESS RELEASE: (Washington, DC) — SmarterSafer.org today said they oppose reintroduction of legislation by Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) that would create a national catastrophe fund because it would put taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars in losses, encourage risky development in environmentally sensitive areas, and do nothing to protect people and property in harm’s way. “A federal backstop for disaster insurance replaces private-sector insurance with the American taxpayer,” said SmarterSafer.org. “It is a ‘Beach House Bailout’ that would displace private property and casualty insurance with…

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SmarterSafer.org Statement Praises Congress for Passing Five-Year Extension of National Flood Insurance Reform

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WASHINGTON ‒ SmarterSafer.org today released a statement praising Congress for passing a five-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that includes reform of the NFIP. “Congress passing the extension of the National Flood Insurance Program for five years is a momentous step towards better protecting our communities, environment and taxpayers.   Reforms in the bill will guard lives and property, help ensure flood maps are accurate, phase out expensive subsidies, and allow the program to access private sources of financing – putting the NFIP on sounder financial footing while…

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NFIP Reform Bill Vote Expected After Farm Bill

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WASHINGTON – With the United States Senate now expected to address NFIP reform after the upcoming vote on the Farm Bill, SmarterSafer.org today urged the U.S. Senate to  pass long-term reform of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) this week after  years of temporary extensions to the program. “For five years, Congress has passed temporary extensions of the NFIP, delaying  much-needed reforms that would better protect lives and property and save taxpayers billions of dollars,” said SmarterSafer.org. “A long-term extension would provide much-needed certainty to the recovering economy by protecting homeowners…

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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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SmarterSafer.org Praises Senators’ Efforts to Bring Long-Term NFIP Reauthorization to Senate Floor

SmarterSafer.org today praised a letter from David Vitter (R-LA) and Jon Tester (D-MO) to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging the Senate to pass long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The letter, signed by a bipartisan coalition of 41 Senators, asks the Leaders to bring the legislation to the Senate floor as expeditiously as possible. “The Senate should take this opportunity to capitalize on the bipartisan efforts by both the Senate Banking Committee and the House of Representatives thus…

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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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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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PRESS RELEASE: Smartersafer.org Urges Congressional Supercommittee to Save Taxpayer Dollars by Reforming NFIP

WASHINGTON ‒ In a letter to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), SmarterSafer.org urged the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to protect taxpayers and reduce inefficient federal spending by reforming the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Murray and Hensarling are co-chairs on the committee, which is charged with finding federal deficit reduction measures. “Our diverse coalition believes that Congress could protect taxpayers and reduce inefficient federal spending by reforming NFIP,” said SmarterSafer.org in the letter. “For over 40 years, the federal government, through NFIP, has provided…

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SmarterSafer.org Statement Urges Congress to Stop Passing Temporary Extensions of

(Washington, DC) ‒ SmarterSafer.org today released a statement urging Congress to pass common sense NFIP reform and to stop temporarily extending the flood insurance program:  “This year, the United States has seen numerous disasters, including record flooding along the Mississippi River and massive flooding in the Northeast as a result of Hurricane Irene.  While Congress delays taking action to improve the NFIP, the American people are left without broadly supported reforms that will better protect their lives and property, save taxpayer dollars, and promote public safety.  Five-day fixes and delays…

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