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Hyde-Smith seeks one-year extension of National Flood Insurance Program



Cindy Hyde Smith
U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, on Tuesday said she will push for passage of legislation to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) before it expires on Sept. 30.

Hyde-Smith is an original cosponsor of the NFIP Extension Act of 2021 (S.2724), which would extend the program through Sept. 30, 2022. Text of the NFIP Extension Act of 2021 is available here.

“Without a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program in place, it is critical that we extend this program for people in Mississippi and around the country who rely on this coverage to protect their homes and businesses,” Hyde-Smith said. “In the midst of an active hurricane season, it would be irresponsible for Congress to let this program lapse.”

More than 5 million families and businesses depend on the NFIP, including more than 60,000 in Mississippi. The Federal Emergency Management Agency administers the program.

U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) introduced the measure, which Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also cosponsored. It has been referred to the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.

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