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Louisiana Congressional delegation announces fix to ‘duplication of benefits’ for 2016 flood victims

May 2, 2019
In The News

Louisiana residents affected by flooding in 2016 will be eligible to receive Restore Louisiana grants even if they took out Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, according to a delegation of the state’s congressional leaders.

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA), and U.S. Representatives Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA) and Garret Graves (R-LA) released a joint statement on Thursday, May 2.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson, in calls with Cassidy and Kennedy, confirmed details regarding the upcoming Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) legal guidance needed to implement the duplication of benefits (DOB) fix for 2016 Louisiana flood victims passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in October of 2018. Secretary Carson also confirmed the grants can be used to pay off SBA loans.

“Today’s news will provide long overdue relief for thousands of Louisianians who were unfairly denied the disaster aid that they deserve,” Abraham said. “The Congressional delegation worked hand-in-hand together to deliver for Louisiana, and I appreciate President Trump for helping us make this happen.”

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