WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today voted in favor of extending the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until Sept. 30. The extension was included as part of the disaster relief bill, H.R. 2157. This extension comes as bipartisan efforts are underway to reform the program for Louisiana’s homeowners.
Absent Congressional action, the National Flood Insurance Program was set to expire on May 31. More than five million NFIP policies are in force across the U.S. In Louisiana, the number of policies totals about 500,000.
“It was important to me that we address the National Flood Insurance Program before we adjourned for the Memorial Day recess. Flood insurance is too important to families across Louisiana for us to allow it to lapse,” said Sen. Kennedy. “The next step is to tackle much-needed reforms that will make the program more sustainable while keeping it affordable.”