Senate OKs bill restricting areas eligible for flood insurance

By Jonathan Miller | 04/19/2024 06:42 AM EDT

The expansion of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act would authorize $5 million through 2028.

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.).

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) on Thursday. The Environment and Public Works chair is sponsoring a bill to spur coastal conservation. Mariam Zuhaib/AP

The Senate passed a conservation bill Thursday that would expand the number of coastal areas not eligible for flood insurance under federal law.

The “Strengthening Coastal Communities Act,” S. 2958, would codify 195 updated or new maps along the Atlantic coast. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) last year praised the bill for “increased local input” when it was introduced but is not a co-sponsor, according to


The bill would authorize $5 million through fiscal 2028.