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The National Flood Insurance Program has been allowed to expire once again, a victim of a feud between the House and Senate over proposed legislative changes for NFIP. The Senate adjourned on March 26 without passing an enabling measure to keep the NFIP in business past March 28, when the current enabling law expires.

Last week the House passed H.R. 4851, legislation containing the temporary flood program extension until April 30. That action created an impasse between the House bill and a Senate bill which contains a provision extending the NFIP until Dec. 31.

At the time of the House action talks were underway with the Senate over the substance of tax cuts that would be extended under the legislation containing the NFIP extension.House members feel the flood program legislation should contain specific provisions they want for their constituents.

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