Greg Tourial

Congress May Need to Throw a Lifeline to Flood Insurance Program
Money running out because of season’s hurricanes

Congress may have to act to prevent a federal flood insurance program that is already $24.6 billion in debt from running out of money because of flooding caused by this season’s hurricanes.

The National Flood Insurance Program is likely to lack sufficient funds to pay out all flood damage claims caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, according to estimates by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which administers the program.

Floods May Focus Lawmakers on Insurance Program Deep in the Red
Program’s current funds probably not enough to cover claims

Hurricane Harvey, on track to cause some of  the worst flooding in U.S. history, stands to complicate efforts by Congress to reauthorize next month a federal flood insurance program that’s already about $24.6 billion in debt.

The Gulf Coast floods from Harvey, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency calls “one of the worst disasters in Texas history,” threatens to deepen the debt of the National Flood Insurance Program before the Sept. 30 reauthorization deadline. The program administered by FEMA provides flood coverage to more than 4.9 million policyholders, including 593,115 in Texas.

Amtrak K-9 Team Fetches Attention of Senators
Commerce Committee sees canine security team in action

“These dog teams are just amazing,” said Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, who was among the senators treated to a demonstration by an Amtrak K-9 security team at a Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee meeting on transportation security on Wednesday.

“Scientists are trying to replicate with technology the detection ability these dogs have, but we’ll never get as sophisticated as a dog’s nose,” Nelson, the panel’s top Democrat said.