Abraham votes to support Louisiana flood aid
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, voted Wednesday to bring home half a billion dollars designated for disaster relief aid, the bulk of which will go to Louisiana to help residents recover from the devastating floods that struck the state in March and August.
The flood relief was included in the continuing resolution, which passed the House in a late-night vote Wednesday.
The half a billion dollars in disaster relief aid is the first step in helping Louisiana rebuild. The Louisiana delegation will work to get more money, as well as a 90-10 cost-share split for March flood victims, included in the year-end omnibus spending bill, which will be heard after the November elections.
"The continuing resolution I voted for tonight contains half a billion dollars for disaster relief that our people need. No, the CR wasn’t perfect, but Louisiana needs assistance now, and delivering that assistance is our delegation’s top priority. This is a good first step, but we have more work to do to fully recover from the March and August floods. I appreciate Sen. Cassidy’s work on the Senate Appropriations Committee in getting this initial downpayment, and I know he will continue his efforts to get the rest of the money we need into the year-end omnibus," Dr. Abraham said.