FEMA to resume issuing new flood insurance policies during shutdown

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Friday that it will resume issuing new flood insurance policies during the government shutdown.

FEMA, which oversees the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), had announced Wednesday that it would be unable to sell policies during the shutdown unless Congress passed legislation reauthorizing the program.

ADVERTISEMENT

"As of this evening, all NFIP insurers have been directed to resume normal operations immediately and advised that the program will be considered operational since December 21, 2018 without interruption," FEMA wrote in a statement Friday.

House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse Democrats close to finalizing border aid bill House Democrats close to finalizing border aid bill Hillicon Valley: GOP senator wants one agency to run tech probes | Huawei expects to lose B in sales from US ban | Self-driving car bill faces tough road ahead | Elon Musk tweets that he 'deleted' his Twitter account MORE (R-La.) celebrated the announcement to allow new policies.

"FEMA has confirmed they will continue allowing NFIP policies to be issued and existing policies to be renewed," he tweeted Friday. "We knew this was the right thing to do and appreciate the Trump Administration for reversing the initial flawed ruling."

The NFIP insures an estimated 5 million homes and businesses, according to Reuters.

The government entered a partial shutdown last week due to an impasse between lawmakers and President TrumpDonald John TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' MORE over his demand for $5 billion to fund his proposed U.S.–Mexico border wall.