More on Flood Protection
WASHINGTON — The National Flood Insurance Program has lurched along for more than a year as lawmakers on Capitol Hill have deadlocked over how to overhaul the debt-laden federal program that underwrites most of the nation’s flood coverage.
But Louisiana’s lawmakers are looking forward to January, optimistic that fresh blood on key congressional committees will crack the gridlock.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will put $180 million more into navigation and flood-control projects in Louisiana during the upcoming year, the agency announced this week.
The work will include a roughly $16.3 million investment in flood-prevention work around the New Orleans area, about $1.75 million for wastewater pumping stations in Baton Rouge and nearly $100 million for dredging and maintenance of key waterways and ports, according to Louisiana congressional offices.
WASHINGTON — State officials are still waiting on action from the Trump administration before paying out millions in Restore Louisiana flood recovery money to homeowners who’d taken out Small Business Administration disaster loans.
Congress changed federal law in October to allow 2016 Louisiana flood victims who tapped SBA disaster loans to also receive grants. But federal officials at the White House and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — which funds the Restore Louisiana program — haven’t given state officials the green light to cut checks.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- A waiver to release money after the Duplication of Benefits fix has delayed state distribution of funds to additional households affected by the 2016 floods, a move which has angered Congressman Garret Graves.
The 45-day window has expired for President Trump to sign the waiver, a move implemented through government bureaucracy, Graves told The News in an interview Wednesday.
The unsigned waiver and expiration do not change the status of the actual bill the president signed into law after its passage in October.
There are quite a few reasons to be thankful this holiday season.
Sure, there are still problems at several levels of local, state, and federal government. Locally, infrastructure issues continue to stare both people and politicians in the face.
At the state level, well, much of the same – except there’s a decided issue on how to spend the money.
At the federal level, the recent election showed that the nationwide fracturing still exists as Democrats took control of Congress.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Garret Graves’ (S. Louisiana) solution to the flawed duplication of benefits policy is set to clear its final legislative hurdle today with the passage of H.R. 302 in the U.S. Senate. It will then head to the White House to be signed into law by President Trump.
WASHINGTON -- Passage of legislation that fixes the Duplication of Benefits provision and addresses other issues marked "a great day for South Louisiana and for the entire nation," Congressman Garret Graves (R-District 6) said Wednesday.
Graves's legislation as part of House Resolution 302 cleared its final legislative hurdle when the U.S. Senate passed the bill on Wednesday. It now awaits the President Donald Trump's signature to become law.
WASHINGTON, DC (WAFB) - Congress has approved a fix for the “Duplication of Benefits” problem that kept thousands of Louisiana residents from accessing disaster recovery dollars after the 2016 floods.
WASHINGTON -- Small reforms could come into play when lawmakers on Capitol Hill hammer out a deal for reauthorization National Flood Insurance Program, according to U.S. Rep. Garret Graves.
Focus must shift to flood protection, the Republican congressman from the Sixth Congressional District told The News on Friday.