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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

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June 14, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The wait is over.

According to U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (R-District 6) the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released Duplication of Benefits (DOB) legal guidance.

Graves said that the 53-page document will be sent to the State of Louisiana for processing, and outlines changes that must be made in the Restore Louisiana program to match new guidelines.

May 19, 2019 In The News

Livingston Parish is a coastal community, the southern portion at least.

Coastal erosion has allowed salt water to creep into Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, eventually feeding into the bayous and rivers in southern Livingston.

That has opened the doors for funding streams to help with drainage work throughout the parish, and nearly 700 miles of waterways, an important project in the wake of the Great Flood of 2016.

May 9, 2019 In The News

DENHAM SPRINGS – A resolution to delayed flood recovery funds held up by federal bureaucrats could be in place by this weekend and the funds could be going out to families by the end of the month.

That was the assessment by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, during a visit Monday to Seventh Ward Elementary in Denham Springs. The congressman ate lunch with a group of fifth-graders, including members of the Student Council, and answered their questions during a school tour.

May 9, 2019 In The News

Congressman Graves gives an update on Duplication of Benefits here.  

April 26, 2019 In The News

Louisiana will get $94.7 million in fiscal year 2018 Gulf of Mexico offshore oil revenue, almost $12 million more than the previous year, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday (April 25).

April 17, 2019 In The News

After decades on the back burner, the Comite River Diversion Canal finally began construction Wednesday morning.

Planned after the devastating flood of 1983, the channel would redirect high water from the Comite and several bayous in northern East Baton Rouge Parish into the Mississippi River during an emergency.

April 13, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal guidance on the distribution of additional relief funds for victims of the 2016 floods and other natural disasters may final come to fruition, Congressman Graves told The News in a phone conversation Friday night. 

The long-awaited issuance of guidance for approximately $250 million could come by the end of April, the Republican congressman from District 6 said.

March 22, 2019 In The News

FEMA is now considering adding flooding from heavy rains when defining flood zones

 

NEW ORLEANS — Flood insurance premiums could rise while property values fall under a plan to change the way risk is calculated under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Right now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses flood zone maps as the primary tool to determine rates.

March 18, 2019 In The News

Two Louisiana homeowners have sued the federal government, claiming that they have been unfairly denied assistance in recovering from 2016′s devastating floods.

Their claims seem to have some merit.

At issue is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s policy that prevents homeowners from receiving Small Business Administration disaster loans and disaster grants. Congress in October removed the prohibition against people receiving help from both programs, but HUD has not yet changed its guidelines.

March 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC  – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) issued a statement today after victims of Louisiana’s Great Flood of 2016 filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to force payment for duplication of benefits claims. The lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgement that would force the federal government to comply with a law that Graves and Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) authored and that the president signed into law on October 5, 2018 to fix the so-called duplication of benefits fiasco.