Governor John Bel Edwards confident Congress will send disaster aid to Louisiana

Gov. John Bel Edwards said he is confident Congress will ultimately pass a supplemental disaster aid package to benefit Louisiana and other states recovering from hurricanes, fires and freezes during the past two years, but acknowledged partisan politics could delay delivery.

“There is significant help in the bill(s),” Edwards said Thursday of at least two measures that would provide $28 billion in disaster aid, not all of which would go to Louisiana.

Edwards spoke to reporters from the White House during a virtual press conference. He’s been in Washington, D.C. since Monday lobbying for help.

“I’m encouraged by way things have gone and that everyone understands how Louisiana has been impacted by disasters over last two years,” Edwards said.

The proposed legislation, which Republican Louisiana U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy said is being held hostage by tying it to raising America’s debt ceiling and other budget priorities of President Biden and Democrats, would address two years of storms in Louisiana.

It would address Lake Charles and southwestern Louisiana’s recovery from… Continue Reading Full Story >>>

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