After flood insurance gridlock, Louisianans see hope in coming leadership change in Congress
The National Flood Insurance Program has lurched along for more than a year as lawmakers on Capitol Hill have deadlocked over how to overhaul the debt-laden federal program that underwrites most of the nation’s flood coverage.
But Louisiana’s lawmakers are looking forward to January, optimistic that fresh blood on key congressional committees will crack the gridlock.
“Any new chairperson must recognize that people who live in flood zones rely on the NFIP for affordable, accessible insurance,” said Cole Avery, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, “and any long-term reauthorization must meet those standards.”
Hensarling, the outgoing chairman, has been increasingly willing to cut a deal on flood insurance as his time remaining in Congress dwindles, according to multiple congressional aides familiar with negotiations.
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