La. congressional delegation: Raise federal cost share; include both floods
Louisiana's congressional delegation has joined Gov. John Bel Edwards in asking for the federal government to take on a bigger share of the cost for flood response and recovery for both the August disaster in southern Louisiana and the March deluge in northern, central and southern Louisiana.
The delegation — Republican Sens. David Vitter and Bill Cassidy and Reps. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, Steve Scalise, R-New Orleans, John Fleming, R-Minden, Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, and Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette — made the request in a letter sent to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate on Friday.
They asked for the feds to bump up their share of the costs from 75 percent to 90 percent and include both floods as one.
Abraham has seen 22 of the 24 parishes in his 5th District declared major disasters in the March and August floods.
"We've been hurt mightily by these two disasters," said Abraham in an interview Saturday with USA Today Network of Louisiana. "We are all Louisianians. We want to make sure nobody gets left out of the box."
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