S.2187 - National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2019116th Congress (2019-2020)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 07/18/2019)|
|Committees:||Senate - Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 07/18/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.2187 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (07/18/2019)
National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2019
This bill generally revises the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and reauthorizes the program through FY2024.
The bill addresses NFIP coverage, cost, and availability, including by
- generally prohibiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from raising certain premiums, surcharges, and fees more than 9% a year for five years;
- revising flood insurance coverage limits;
- establishing the Affordability Assistance Fund to provide financial assistance to low income households through vouchers, grants, or premium credits; and
- revising standards and certification requirements for flood insurance rate maps.
The bill also revises administrative provisions of NFIP, including by
- allowing for the continuous operation of NFIP during a lapse in appropriations, and
- prohibiting the Department of the Treasury from charging FEMA interest for NFIP debt for five years.
The bill sets forth requirements for Write Your Own companies related to reimbursements, agent commissions, and penalties for underpayment of claims. (A Write Your Own company writes and services federal standard flood insurance policies in its own name.)
The bill establishes a state revolving fund for flood mitigation activities and also provides for loans, grants, and other incentives regarding mitigation.