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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

Graves Statement on Senate Confirmation of New FEMA Administrator

June 20, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Garret Graves (R – South Louisiana)released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate confirmed Brock Long as Administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

“Brock Long brings to this job critical Gulf Coast familiarity and experience, and I look forward to working with him to see Louisiana’s flood recovery through to completion. You simply cannot understand the devastation and unique challenges of Gulf Coast hurricanes, tropical and other storms without having lived it,” said Graves. “Ideally, this confirmation would have happened with enough lead-time to be adequately prepared for the current threat in the Gulf of Mexico, but I am pleased that leadership is now in place so we can continue working to make FEMA more proactive, flexible and responsive to the dynamic needs on the ground after disasters.”

Graves and other Louisiana Members in the House sent a letter on June 2 to Senate Minority Leader Schumer urging expeditious confirmation of Long ahead of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Read the letter here.