Louisiana's Republican Senator David Vitter says the National Flood Insurance Program has not been given its full budget since 2004.  Since that time it has been sustained using short-term extensions, a fact that is not a good idea, according to Vitter.  Once again, the program will expire at the end of May unless something is done to help give the program the funding it needs.

Senator Vitter has introduced a bill that would extend the flood program through 2016.  What the program does is allow citizens to buy coverage that would take care of flooding issues.  Vitter talked about his motivation for working on this bill and said,

People need to be protected.  The National Flood Insurance Program has been barely hobbling along with a Band-Aid approach.

The Senate is set to debate the issue.