Baton Rouge - Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement on his meeting with the Louisiana congressional delegation, including the newly-elected members – Senator-elect John Kennedy, Congressman-elect Mike Johnson and Congressman-elect Clay Higgins:

“Today, I had the opportunity to visit with the new members of our congressional delegation, as well as the existing members. This meeting was critically important to align our flood recovery efforts. The entire congressional delegation and I have worked together over the last four months to secure federal assistance with unprecedented speed for the people impacted by the floods; however, our work will continue when Congress returns. 

"As a result of this meeting, I have asked the delegation to work with me to expedite the recovery process by encouraging HUD to publish the guidelines for the second appropriation as quickly as possible. In addition, we are unified in our efforts to minimize the administrive costs and deliver as much assistance to the people of Louisiana as possible. Our work is ongoing, but if we've learned anything from the last four months, it's that our state is best served by having a unified voice. I am confident we will continue that effort as we seek additional assistance in the future."