FEMA will try to keep writing flood insurance policies during government shutdown nj.com NJ Advance Media for NJ.com — The agency that handles the said it would try to keep writing policies despite the . The had stopped offering new policies and renewing existing ones after President and Congress failed to agree on legislation funding about one fourth of the federal government, including the Department of Homeland Security of which FEMA is a part. Recognizing that many Americans rely on the NFIP to protect their homes and businesses from damage caused by flooding, FEMA is currently reviewing all legal authorities with the administration that would allow the NFIP to continue operations without interruption, so as to hopefully minimize impacts to policyholders and insurance industry partners during this funding lapse, agency spokeswoman Lizzie Litzow said. U.S. Sen. , D N.J., the lead Democratic sponsor of the existing flood insurance program through May 31, and Reps. Frank Pallone Jr., D 6th Dist., and Bill Pascrell Jr., D 9th Dist., were among those criticizing FEMAs decision. Pallone and Pascrell said the program should be allowed to continue since it was funded through an insurance fund, not congressional appropriations, and Congress made it clear where it stood when it voted for the extension. We believe this decision runs counter to congressional intent to keep the NFIP operational through May 2019, they wrote to FEMA Administrator Brock Long. Litzow said the agency was aware of the concerns and was trying to find options to allow policies to be sold or renewed during the shutdown. The decision does not affect current policies, and expired ones remain in effect for 30 days after they officially lapse, FEMA said. Parts of the federal government for the third under Trump. About three fourths of the government is funded through Sept. 30, but the other agencies had been operating under a temporary spending bill. Trump said he would not extend their funding unless the measure also included dollar 5 billion for a southern border wall that the president promised Mexico would pay for. No congressional votes on legislation reopening the government are expected before the new year. may be reached at . Follow him on Twitter or on . Find .