"The NFIP is broke, outdated, and in need of critical reforms," said Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), who wants to see more private flood insurance, and competition, as part of the answer.
"Today, we are in the middle of Hurricane season and the NFIP still owes over $20 billion to the U.S. Treasury," Ross added, as lawmakers reminded each other that Congress forgave another $16 billion in debt last year.
"The National Flood Insurance Program is in desperate need of changes." said Sen. Marco Rubio, as both the House and Senate have different plans on what needs to be changed - but no agreement on how to forge a bipartisan compromise.
Maybe the biggest single stumbling block is a familiar one - how to fund the federal flood insurance program without setting higher premiums that residents of flood-prone communities cannot support.
"People have been living near the water since Moby Dick was a minnow," said Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA). "Few of them are living in luxury beach homes."
The deal approved today will extend the flood insurance program through the end of the current hurricane season - but there's no guarantee any deal will be reached by the end of November, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see another short-term extension of the program.
One reason is that with the elections in November, the House has only 27 scheduled legislative work days - during seven work weeks - over the next four months.