The Senate Banking Committee has approved a five-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program and a seven-year extension of the federal government's terrorism insurance program in strong bipartisan votes.By a 21-0 vote, the committee passed the NFIP extension bill that would forgive $21 billion in debt accumulated by the flood insurance program in the 2005 hurricane season and phases out subsidized premiums for vacation homes and properties with repetitive flood losses. The Senate bill does not expand coverage to include wind damage, as a House-passed flood bill did, because committee leaders are uncertain of the costs and concerned that it would sink the bill. By a 20-1 vote, the committee approved an extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act that the Bush administration says it can support. The House is working on a 15-year extension of TRIA along with expanding coverage to include nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological acts of terrorism. The Senate bill includes a study of such expanded coverage.

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