MacArthur Fights for South Jerseyans Through the Finish Line, Extends the NFIP
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur released a statement following the passage of his bill to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through Friday, December 7, giving Congress additional time to find a long-term solution. Without MacArthur's bill, the NFIP would otherwise lapse tomorrow, November 30 at midnight.
"Since day one, I've said I will do whatever is necessary to ensure that the National Flood Insurance Program does not lapse and that South Jersey residents are protected from another Superstorm Sandy. Today is no different. Against the wishes of my own chairman and leaders in our party, I finalized this bill three minutes before we officially closed our Washington, D.C. office; a lame duck Congress will not stop me from fighting for what's best for Burlington and Ocean Counties," said Congressman MacArthur. “I’ve been in Congress for four years, and while one-week extensions demonstrate our broken legislative process, this was a necessary action for the millions of NFIP policyholders. If we allowed a lapse, South Jerseyans would be left unprotected from another storm and coastal home-buyers would not be able to obtain a mortgage. I'm committed to seeing this through and will work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make needed reforms to the NFIP—140 million Americans living in coastal counties depend on it."