(WAFB) - Homeowners covered by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may not lose flood insurance during the peak of hurricane season.
The US Senate passed a motion Wednesday that would extend the program until Jan. 31, 2019. The motion passed with a 95 to 4 vote.
The program is set to expire at the end of July, which would leave many homeowners unable to renew or purchase a new flood insurance policy. Wednesday's vote extends it until January 31, 2019.
"Louisiana families depend on the National Flood Insurance Program in case of disaster and recovery after disaster," said US Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana. "We must preserve this program through hurricane season while working on a long-term re-authorization and reform that ensures the program is affordable and sustainable. By instructing conferees to include this six-month extension of the NFIP, we are another step closer to accomplishing this goal."
The final version of the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act is currently being discussed by a conference committee.
Cassidy's motion instructs the conferees to include the six-month extension of the NFIP in the final version of the bill.