BATON ROUGE - Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain released the following statement on the Senate’s vote on a Continuing Resolution that includes funding for flood relief in Louisiana. Gov. Edwards, Lt. Gov. Nungesser and Commissioner Strain traveled to Washington together to lobby Congress for flood relief. Following meetings with congressional leaders, as well as the entire Louisiana congressional delegation, $500 million was included in the CR as a down payment for flood relief until Congress returns after the election to pass a comprehensive package.
“This is a significant milestone for the people of Louisiana, but our work is nowhere near finished,” said Gov. Edwards. “Entire communities were washed away by this flooding, and we have an obligation to put people’s lives right-side up. I will continue to work with the lieutenant governor, Commissioner Strain and our entire congressional delegation to develop a comprehensive relief package for Congress to consider after the election. For now, this down payment gives the people of Louisiana the reassurances they need that help is on the way so that they can begin rebuilding as soon as possible, and I am confident that the House will follow the Senate in approving this funding."
"I urge the House to pass this flood relief package as soon as possible. Our culture is deeper than these floodwaters, but rebuilding will be very difficult without the funding being considered by Congress. While we will need much more than this initial down-payment, we will utilize this $500 million quickly to get our residents back into their homes. I traveled with Governor Edwards, Commissioner Mike Strain and other Louisiana leaders to D.C. multiple times to get our message of need in front of the decision makers. The unified, bipartisan effort in response to the historic flooding is an example of how we must work together to solve the problems facing our people,” said Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.
"This is a challenging time for the people of Louisiana. As state leaders, it is imperative we come together as a team and pursue flood relief for all of our citizens including our agricultural producers. We will continue to work with our congressional delegation and Louisiana leaders to get what is necessary to help our people rebuild. The Continuing Resolution is a good first step; however, there is more work to be done," said Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M.