Monday, October 3, 2022

A bipartisan delegation from the Louisiana Congress asks Biden for emergency assistance to Congress

After the terrible Category 4 Hurricane Ida landed in Louisiana, a bipartisan delegation composed of US representatives and senators from Louisiana asked President Joe Biden for disaster relief funds.

The members of the delegation included Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), as well as representatives Clay Higgins (R-La.), Steve Scalise (R-La.), Mike Johnson (R-La.) .) La.), Garret Graves (R-La.), Julia Letlow (R-La.) and Troy Carter (D-La.)-wrote this letter, Kennedy said in his letter. Senate website, Reminding the president that “disaster relief funds are needed to help Louisiana recover from the damage of the historic storm.”

this letter The Louisiana delegation first compared Hurricane Ida with Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It pointed out that the storm was worse than Hurricane Katrina: “Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 storm with a wind speed of 125 mph when it hit the coast of Louisiana 16 years ago. In contrast, Hurricane Ida made landfall and sustained wind speeds. 150 mph, which is only 7 mph lower than a category 5 storm.”

With continuous wind speeds of 150 mph, Ida is one of the worst hurricanes experienced in the region.

The letter continued: “[Ida caused] Many dioceses suffered catastrophic winds and floods… nearly 1,000,000 people across the state were cut off from electricity. At present, many communities still have no access to drinking water, food, gasoline and basic needs, and the temperature is still over 100 degrees. “

On Sunday, Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards asked the president to declare a major disaster, and Biden readily agreed to this request.

The delegation continued that even a few days after the storm made landfall, “the full extent of Louisiana’s damage has not been determined, and it may not be fully understood until public safety issues are resolved.”

Therefore, the member of Congress wrote, “We are writing to you now to remind you that Congress needs to provide emergency supplementary funding to respond to Hurricane Ida and [other] Last year’s storm, just like what happened after Hurricane Katrina. If Congress does not have a large and powerful appropriation… Louisiana households will continue to be languished by these devastating storms. “

After Hurricane Katrina, Congress allocated billions of dollars to relevant emergency response government agencies. The delegation requested similar funding to deal with the consequences of Ida. Members of Congress concluded in the letter that they are “still prepared to cooperate on legislation needed to provide emergency supplementary assistance.”

Biden has promised to provide some government assistance.

On Monday, Biden told the governors of Mississippi and Louisiana that the federal government will do its best to resolve the crisis. “We are there to help you stand up again,” Biden said at that meeting. “The people of Louisiana and Mississippi are resilient, but it is at this moment that if the government is prepared to respond, we can see the government’s ability to meet the people’s needs and respond to the people’s strength. That is our job.”

As part of the response, the federal government has mobilized 5,000 National Guards in the southeastern states. In order to solve the serious damage to the power grids of the two countries, the government has also sent more than 25,000 electrical personnel and line workers to the region.

In order to solve the problem of cell phone interruption, Biden’s Federal Communications Commission is working with major cell phone service providers to allow people in affected areas to use any roaming service available in the state.

Nevertheless, in order to satisfy the Louisiana delegation’s request for emergency funding, Congress still needs to convene a meeting. After Hurricane Katrina, such a meeting was held. At the time of publication, no such meetings have been prepared.

Generally speaking, the subcommittee of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee produces 12 appropriations bills each year. The Louisiana delegation is now calling for the thirteenth.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives held an internal committee meeting, but will not return until September 9. It is not clear whether such an emergency meeting will be held, because the Democratic leadership has faced a series of harsh legislative deadlines. This month.

Joseph Lord is a congressional reporter for The Epoch Times, focusing on the Democratic Party. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Clemson University and is a scholar of the Lyceum project.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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