The Senate took the first step toward debating legislation to reform the National Flood Insurance Program voting 96 to 2 Thursday on a procedural motion to proceed to the bill.
The Senate is expected to consider a handful of amendments but no game-changing measures are expected to be adopted. The bill from Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and the panel's ranking member, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., is expected to pass with broad bipartisan support next week.
Still tensions persist over an effort by Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., to strike the section that would set conditions for how the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which administers flood insurance, can assess residual risk behind levees and dams. He and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., were the two dissenters on Thursday's procedural vote.