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Apr 27, 2012 10:11 AM by AP

Vitter pushes to extend flood insurance program

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter is pushing for a long-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Louisiana Republican wants to stop extending the program with short-term extensions. The insurance program, which provides help for people who are flooded, hasn't been fully reauthorized since 2004. The program is slated to expire at the end of May unless it is extended.

A bill sponsored by Vitter to extend the flood insurance program through 2016 is awaiting a vote before the full Senate.

Vitter said in a statement that the National Flood Insurance Program has been barely hobbling along with a Band-aid approach.

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