Delegation, governor increase ask for flood aid to $2.8B
Louisiana's congressional delegation and Gov. John Bel Edwards continued a full-court press Monday to secure more federal funding for flood response and recovery, asking President Obama for an additional $800 million and pressing the case for both the March and August floods to be included as one.
USA Today Network of Louisiana obtained both the delegation's letter and Edwards' letter to be sent to the president today.
"With Congress considering appropriation bills to fund the federal government, it is crucial that a Louisiana supplemental disaster funding component be included as part of a funding bill," the delegation's letter says. "To facilitate and expedite consideration of a Louisiana supplemental spending package, we request you to make a supplemental appropriations request to Congress."
Fifth District U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham has also scheduled a meeting this afternoon with White House officials to emphasize the need for the March flood affecting mostly northern Louisiana to be rolled into the August flood disaster affecting mostly southern Louisiana.
Twenty-two of the 24 parishes in Abraham's district were declared disasters either from the March or August floods.
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