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WASHINGTON – NU Online News Service–The Senate has voted to limit debate on a multi-faceted bill including an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program through April 30, while talks continue on giving the program a longer life.

Its action Monday night sets up a probable Thursday vote on the short extension. In addition to the flood program, a key item in the Continuing Extension Act of 2010 is a continuation of unemployment benefits. By a vote of 60-34, the Senate closed off debate on the motion to proceed to H.R. 4851, the short-term extension bill.

That bill includes a provision extending the NFIP through April 30th. Authorization of the program lapsed March 28.

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