Bipartisan legislation was introduced November 2 in the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the NFIP. The National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act was introduced by several senators, including U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ). The bill contains several provisions that have been advocated for by the Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance (CSFI), including:
- Five-year authorization of the NFIP
- Guardrails on Risk Rating 2.0 (e.g. premium increases capped at 9% per year)
- Freezing interest payments on the NFIP debt and reinvesting savings towards mitigation efforts
- Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) Coverage to better reflect costs of rebuilding and implementing mitigation projects
You can visit the CSFI website for additional information on Risk Rating 2.0. BRAC is a member of the CSFI.
The NFIP Reauthorization and Reform Act is cosponsored by Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY).
You can view the legislation here and a section-by-section summary here.