Baton Rouge - On Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with congressional leaders to discuss the state’s need for additional federal assistance following this year’s historic floods. Gov. Edwards and the entire congressional delegation successfully lobbied Congress for an initial recovery down-payment of $438 million, which passed with unprecedented speed. While Louisiana awaits HUD’s next step  publishing the rules governing spending of these funds in the federal registry  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, Gov. Edwards will also participate in the year-end board meeting for Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG).

On Wednesday, Gov. Edwards will meet with House Democratic leadership and appropriations staff to review the updated request. Later, he will meet with Republican and Democratic senior staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee. In the afternoon, Gov. Edwards will meet with Shaun Donovan, Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, to discuss Louisiana’s recovery needs.

On Thursday, Gov. Edwards will participate in the JAG year-end board meeting. Later in the day, he will meet with senior leadership of the House Appropriations Committee, followed by a meeting with senior staff of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.

In October, Gov. Edwards updated his request for federal assistance. More information on the updated request is available by clicking here.