The Senate convenes today to deal with one of their most pressing deadlines — reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Senators will vote today on a bill (S.1182) that would extend the program through November, giving lawmakers in both chambers additional time to iron out a long-term funding bill that would reform the program and address debt concerns. The measure is expected to clear the upper chamber prior to the 11:59 p.m. deadline, ensuring that homeowners are covered through the end of this year’s hurricane season.
Later, the upper chamber is expected to turn their attention to a four-bill appropriations minibus (H.R. 6147) containing the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Interior, and Financial Services appropriations packages, with a cloture vote later this afternoon on an amendments package (S.Amdt.3399) sponsored by Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL). The Senate will also hold a final confirmation vote on the nomination of Britt Cagle Grant to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
House lawmakers have left town for August recess, and will return to Washington on Tuesday, September 4th.