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Two Week Stopgap Includes NFIP

President Trump has signed a two-week stopgap spending bill into law to keep the federal government operating until Dec. 22. It also sets the clock ticking for a new round of challenging negotiations among Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and the White House...
December 11, 2017

President Trump has signed a two-week stopgap spending bill into law to keep the federal government operating until Dec. 22. It also sets the clock ticking for a new round of challenging negotiations among Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and the White House.

The two-week extension keeps the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) fully operational until Dec. 22. The measure is the latest extension for the NFIP, as senators struggled to finalize plans for a long-term reauthorization and overhaul.

If Trump and the lawmakers can agree on a way forward over the next two weeks, one option would be to include that in yet another short-term spending bill to keep the government open until sometime in January. Then Congress could try to hash out the remaining details of a trillion-dollar spending plan for the rest of the fiscal year.

With Congress still undecided on the best way forward with a long-term NFIP reauthorization, it remains possible an NFIP extension would be included in a subsequent short-term extension of the federal funding measure. There is also a chance House Republicans will try to attach some flood reforms, such as a provision on private flood coverage, to any short-term extension of the NFIP.

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