WASHINGTON--Insurers, agents and policyholders voicedappreciation after Congress gave final approval yesterday tolegislation providing a long-term extension of federal reinsurancecoverage for catastrophic terrorism losses, saying it will provideneeded certainty to the program.

At the same time, smaller insurers were grateful for whatCongress didn't do: Extend the program to cover nuclear,biological, chemical and radiological risks.

The support of policyholders came despite the fact that underthe new program they will be required to accelerate repayment ofthe money paid out by the government to cover a terroristattack.

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