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WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the flood stage of the Mississippi River breaking nearly century-old records, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call members in Thursday for a vote on renewing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Without action, the program will expire Friday.

“River levels are breaking records set during the Great Flood of 1927.  This is not a time to let the National Flood Insurance Program lapse.  Millions of families depend on the NFIP to protect their homes and businesses.  We’re under unprecedented threat from flooding, and hurricane season is upon us,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “If House members cannot pass a simple NFIP extension, then they need to get back to Washington.  The American people need Congress to do its job.”

In addition to the four-month extension in the disaster supplemental bill, Sen. Kennedy offered a two-week program extension.  The Senate passed both measures, but they are stalled in the House because of a House member’s objection.