Rep. Garret Graves slams disaster recovery bill: 'It doesn't make sense;' How did Louisiana congressmen vote?
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Garret Graves is pointing to recovery hurdles Louisiana faced in the wake of historic flooding in 2016 and other recent disasters in arguing for a major overhaul in how federal long-term recovery efforts are handled. But he's not a fan of a proposal that's making its way through Congress currently.
The U.S. House voted 290-118 in favor of advancing to the Senate a bipartisan bill that seeks to streamline federal long-term recovery efforts through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In a fiery speech on the House floor Monday, Graves, a Baton Rouge Republican whose district was heavily affected by the August 2016 floods, argued that the latest proposal doesn't go far enough and could further bog down the process if other reforms don't accompany it, though.