Cassidy, Scalise help secure $1.25 billion for Louisiana flooding in continuing resolution

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) worked to secure an additional $1.25 billion in federal funding for Louisiana flood damage.

That funding, which was included in a continuing resolution that would pay for government priorities through April, brings total flood relief funding for Louisiana to approximately $1.8 billion.

“More than $1.8 billion has been set aside for Louisiana to recover from flooding,” Cassidy said. “This is an important next step and the entire delegation will continue to press for more funding to make sure that every Louisianan has what they need to get their lives back on track. Louisiana will continue to recover and rebuild.”

Funds included in the continuing resolution include $1.2 billion in general flood relief, $114 million in funding for North Louisiana flood damage and $34 million from the Federal Highway Emergency Relief Program to repair federal highway infrastructure damaged by the floods.

Furthermore, Cassidy and Scalise helped secure an additional $438 million in flood relief in September.

“Earlier this year, our delegation worked in true bipartisan fashion to secure a half billion dollar down payment to help the victims of flooding,” Scalise said. “With this agreement, we’ve secured an additional $1.25 billion to help families in south Louisiana get back in their homes as they recover from the devastating floods.”

Congress needs to pass the continuing resolution, Scalise said, so the president can sign it into law and Louisiana can start “getting these relief dollars into the hands of the families who were flooded as quickly as possible.”