Houghtaling & Downey Call for Long-Term Re-authorization of National Flood Insurance Program to Protect Hurricane Victims

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OCEAN TWP -- In the wake of two devastating hurricanes in the past month, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, Monmouth County Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are renewing calls for Congress and the President to enact long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Houghtaling and Downey have sponsored a resolution urging members of Congress to ensure the protection of this vital program before its expiration date.

“When I was serving as Mayor of Neptune Township in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I helped residents and businesses recover. And after such disastrous flooding, this flood insurance program was indispensable,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth), “When you lose your home to disaster, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether there will be proper resources in place. To let the program expire would be devastating.”

The legislation Houghtaling and Downey have sponsored (AJR-152) respectfully urges the United States Congress and the President to enact a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP, which is set to expire on September 30, 2017. Without such authorization, program lapses might occur, calling into question the benefits for victims of flooding disasters.

“Here in New Jersey we have almost a quarter of a million National Flood Insurance policies, which have helped victims of Sandy pick up the pieces after disaster. Those protections should be enshrined, especially in the wake of Harvey and Irma,” said Downey (D-Monmouth), “Our Congress has a responsibility to disaster victims, and should act swiftly to ensure they have the resources needed to rebuild their lives.”

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