Washington — An amendment to add wind coverage to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was defeated in the Senate by a vote of 73-19. The action contrasts an overwhelming vote in the House last September in favor of wind coverage.

The vote came on the heels of a report from the General Accounting Office that said adding wind coverage to the NFIP would present challenges to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and could expose taxpayers to high costs.

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