Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Mississippi's fourth congressional representative, today supported the passage of a short-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program. The current authorization was set to expire on May 31st of this year.
"The 20,000 communities depending on this program- including more than 50,000 families and job-creators in South Mississippi- deserve better," Palazzo stated in an address on the House floor. "They need a long-term solution to bring certainty and stability to this process."
The latest one-month extension will expire on June 30th of this year and represents the 18th time the program has been extended since 2008. Although the House passed a long-term, five-year extension in July 2011, the Senate has yet to act.
"In addition to the record flooding we've seen in recent years, many South Mississippians are still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Katrina," Palazzo said. "This bill may not be a perfect solution, but we cannot sit idly by and allow NFIP to expire."
The measure passed with broad bipartisan support, 402-18.