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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SMARTERSAFER.ORG Urges Senate To Pass NFIP Reauthorization Before Sept. 30 Expiration

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, SmarterSafer.org today urged the Senate to pass legislation to re-authorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) before it expires on Sept. 30. “While we believe the bill could be strengthened, the Banking Committee has taken a needed step to reforming the nation’s flood insurance program and Smarter Safer joins a range of stakeholder groups in applauding this legislation,”SmarterSafer.org said in a letter to the Senators. “We urge the full Senate to quickly pass this needed…

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SmarterSafer.org urges Senate to immediately act on NFIP reform after House passes reauthorization on an overwhelming bipartisan vote

(Washington, DC) ‒ SmarterSafer.org today urged the United States Senate to immediately act on National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) reform without weakening the legislation’s effectiveness. The House of Representatives passed legislation to reauthorize the program until Sept. 30, 2016 on an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 406-22. The coalition said the overwhelming bipartisan vote in the House was an important and welcome first step toward bringing needed financial stability to the NFIP, but urged the Senate to pass an improved final extension that includes long-term reforms to ensure the program’s future…

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