April 21, 2017

Cassidy Advocates for National Flood Insurance Extension


Cassidy Advocates for National Flood Insurance Extension

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) advocating for the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP is currently set to expire on September 30, 2017.

US Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Kennedy (R-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) coauthored the letter.


“The National Flood Insurance Program gives essential coverage for many.” said Dr. Cassidy. “I look forward to working to extend this critical program, ensuring that Louisiana families have what they need to recover if ever flooded.”  


To view the letter, click here or read below:


          April 20, 2017


The Honorable Mitch McConnell                                           The Honorable Charles Schumer

Majority Leader                                                                      Minority Leader

S-230, U.S. Capitol                                                                 S-221, U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C. 20510                                                         Washington, D.C. 20510


Dear Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer:


As Senate leadership continues to identify priorities for consideration this Congress, we respectfully request your attention regarding the upcoming expiration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on September 30, 2017.  Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the NFIP was created both to offer flood insurance coverage for participating communities in flood-prone areas, and mitigate risks through the adoption of floodplain management standards. 


Reauthorization of the NFIP is critical to our Gulf State constituents, a large majority of whom live in coastal areas and high-risk flood zones. According to FEMA, since the program’s inception in 1978, residents of Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi have paid $26.5 billion into the federal program, more than 46 percent of the program’s total receipts. 


Given the program’s importance to our states, we urge Senate leadership to ensure that legislation reauthorizing the NFIP avoids any lapses in coverage and offers a long-term solution that promotes certainty in the market. Should the Senate consider legislation beyond a clean reauthorization of the NFIP, we would also welcome beneficial and sound reforms to the program. Specifically, we are supportive of reforms related to: ensuring affordability for participating policyholders; the expansion of a competitive private flood insurance market with robust consumer protections and safeguards against adverse selection; improved customer service for policyholders; and the use of more accurate flood maps based on the latest data to determine rates with a more effective process for community involvement and appeals in adopting those maps.


We are encouraged that the committees of jurisdiction have already begun crafting reauthorization proposals, and look forward to ensuring that the priorities of participating Gulf communities are well-represented in this process. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.



Senator Bill Cassidy

Senator Marco Rubio

Senator John Kennedy

Senator Bill Nelson

Senator Thad Cochran