SmarterSafer.org Statement Praises U.S. House Vote on Flood Reform

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON ‒ SmarterSafer.org today released a statement praising the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a 60-day extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on the eve of hurricane season.

“The U.S. House of Representatives is right to recognize that it is vital to pass a 60-day extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on the eve of hurricane season. Although the 2012 hurricane season does not officially begin until June 1, Tropical Storm Beryl has already served as a warning that that further lapses in the program would leave U.S. properties and businesses even more vulnerable to natural disasters.

“It’s now time for Congress to put its nose to the grindstone and actually pass the structural reforms that are needed to stabilize the flood insurance program. These reforms are needed to ensure that the flood program is able to protect both the people it covers as well as those whose tax dollars finance it. With broad bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, there is no reason why Congress should not pass permanent reform and long-term reauthorization of the NFIP once and for all.”

SmarterSafer.org is a national coalition made up of a diverse set of voices united to support environmentally-responsible, fiscally-sound approaches that promote public safety. The Coalition strongly opposes legislative proposals that encourage people to build homes in hurricane-prone, environmentally-sensitive areas by creating new programs that directly or indirectly subsidize their homeowner’s insurance.

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Contact: Matt Englehart
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