Congress provides $500 million in disaster relief funds
In mid-September, the LSU AgCenter estimated the flood damage experienced in Louisiana had reached some $350 million. Only two weeks later, that estimate has risen “north of $400 million,” says Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham.
With Congress out of session until after November elections where does federal disaster relief funding stand?
“The Senate finally agreed on a continuing resolution (CR),” said Abraham on Monday (October 3). “They had to get funding to address zika and military construction in that.
“The House got the CR about midday on Wednesday (September 28) and we passed it about 9 p.m. So, the CR is done through December 8. That means once we’re back in session after Thanksgiving we’ll have to pick (the budget) back up.
“By then, of course, we’ll have new members of Congress and new President. He or she will determine how we go forward with the budget process. We know whoever wins the presidency will have different priorities so that’ll affect the way we address it.”
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