After several long days and nights of bipartisan negotiations and waiting, I was proud to sign the conference report that will bring so many Louisianians one step closer to hope for their rebuilding and protection. I look forward to seeing the bill come to the floor of each chamber in the coming days, where we expect it to be passed easily and be signed into law shortly thereafter.

This legislation marks an important victory for our state, and I am particularly proud of the diligence shown by the Louisiana Congressional delegation, our governor, Chairman Cochran and Senator Byrd, as well as Recovery Coordinator Don Powell and other White House officials, who came through as strong allies when we needed their support, energy and leverage the most.