Edwards to travel to D.C. to discuss additional federal assistance following flood
BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards will travel to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to meet with congressional leaders to discuss the state's need for additional federal assistance following the flood in August.
Edwards and congressional delegation lobbied Congress for an initial recovery down payment of $438 million. While Louisiana's awaits the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's next step, the state continues to develop its action plan and requests for proposals that will be necessary to kick off homeowner assistance programs.
While in Washington, Edwards will participate in the year-end board meeting for Jobs for America's Graduates.
On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Edwards will meet with House Democratic leadership and appropriations staff to review the updated request. He will then meet with Republican and Democratic senior staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Edwards will later meet with Shaun Donovan, Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, to discuss Louisiana's recovery needs.
On Thursday, Nov. 10, Edwards will participate in the JAG board meeting and then meet with senior leadership of the House Appropriations Committee, followed by a meeting with senior staff of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.
Edwards previously traveled to Washington D.C. for two weeks in September following the flood in an effort to seek assistance.