As Flooding Continues To Swamp NJ Communities, Menendez Implores Senate Republicans To Cease Obstructing Extension Of National Flood Insurance Program

As Flooding Continues To Swamp NJ Communities, Menendez Implores Senate Republicans To Cease Obstructing Extension Of National Flood Insurance Program

Senate Republican blockage of package including unemployment insurance has caused flood program to run out

Newark - As New Jersey families this week have seen homes submerged by heavy rains for the second time in less than a month, they are also confronted by the fact that Republican obstruction in the U.S. Senate has forced the National Flood Insurance Program to expire. As a result, families looking to close on houses located in floodplains cannot do so and a long term expiration of the program could prevent flooded homeowners from filing insurance claims or purchasing affordable insurance.

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Banking Committee's housing subcommittee, today blasted the partisan obstruction of this program:

"Families care about their homes and their ability to recover from disasters like these floods, not partisan maneuvers in Washington. This is a prime example of how political games played with serious issues can have a real impact in people's lives. I voted for us to stay in session until we extend vital programs like this, and the rampant flooding this week makes such an extension all the more crucial. I hope our colleagues on the other side of the aisle will recognize this and help us extend the flood insurance program."

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