Baton Rouge - This weekend, Gov. John Bel Edwards is traveling to Washington, DC for the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Winter Meeting. As part of the trip, Gov. Edwards will meet with President Donald Trump and other key officials from the new administration to discuss flood and tornado relief, as well as other Louisiana priorities. 

During the trip, Gov. Edwards will participate in his first meeting as a member of the Council of Governors.  In September, Gov. Edwards was appointed to the Council of Governors by President Barack Obama.  The council is a bipartisan body established to strengthen partnerships between the federal government and state governments. Its membership is made up of 10 state governors appointed by the President of the United States.

On Friday, Gov. Edwards will meet with Robert J. Fenton, Jr., Acting Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to discuss Louisiana’s ongoing flood recovery and the recent tornadoes in South Louisiana.

On Sunday, Gov. Edwards will meet with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price to discuss the impact of Medicaid Expansion in Louisiana.  To date, more than 402,000 working poor in Louisiana have received coverage and the state has saved nearly $200 million. 

On Monday, Gov. Edwards will meet with President Trump, along with other governors from across the country.  Later in the day, the governor will meet with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney to discuss Louisiana’s unmet needs from the floods of 2016.  Currently, the state is requesting an additional $2 billion in assistance.  Gov. Edwards and the Louisiana congressional delegation successfully secured $1.6 billion in flood relief over two congressional appropriations.  Currently, the state has received federal approval of the first Action Plan for assistance.  The Action Plan for the second appropriation of funds is pending final federal approval with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Gov. Edwards will return to Louisiana on Monday evening.

Additional cabinet-level meetings are pending confirmation and will be announced should they be scheduled.

The National Governors Association (NGA) is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.