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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham statement on NFIP reauthorization vote

November 14, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, voted against the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The measure passed the House on Tuesday. His statement is as follows:

"The bottom line is that too many Louisiana residents are being told to pay flood insurance rates that just aren’t affordable. This bill pays for the program on the backs of those who have played by the rules without making strong enough reforms to increase participation and mitigate flood risk. Meanwhile, FEMA just announced an expensive rate hike. I agree that we need a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP that is fair and equitable, but this doesn’t go far enough for the people of Louisiana," Dr. Abraham said.