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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

Graves Statement Regarding the State of Louisiana's Announcement That They Are Restarting Flood Relief Contract Solicitation

March 17, 2017
Press Release

Graves Statement Regarding the State of Louisiana's Announcement That They Are Restarting Flood Relief Contract Solicitation                                                                

 

Washington, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (R – Capital Region) released the following statement about the State of Louisiana's announcement that they are restarting flood relief contract solicitation:

This is very disappointing news. This will further delay the allocation of badly-needed flood relief funds that we appropriated in September. It is impossible to explain to flood victims why $1.6 billion in recovery dollars are stuck in the bureaucracy while homes remain gutted, moldy and un-insulated.

This also further challenges our efforts in Congress to provide additional flood relief dollars when not a penny of September funding has been allocated to flood victims. On August 19th, I urged that a contractor be hired to administer this program.

Taking away $250 million or more from flood victims and giving it contractors to administer this program and to take seven months or more to get the money out the door further victimizes our flood survivors.

This has nothing to do with politics; it is just frustrating and sloppy.  Finally, anyone that attempts to blame these delays on the federal systems lacks a fundamental understanding of the process and opportunities to expedite flood relief.