The Louisiana congressional delegation penned a letter to President BidenJoe BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping MORE on Thursday alerting him of the need for additional disaster relief funding after Hurricane Ida, which barreled through the state on Sunday leaving more than one million people without power.
“We are writing you now to alert you to the need for Congress to provide emergency supplemental appropriations to address Hurricane Ida and the storms from last year, as was done following Hurricane Katrina,” the delegation wrote.
“Without substantial and robust emergency appropriations from Congress to critical unmet needs accounts like CDBG-DR program, Louisiana families will continue to languish as a result of these devastating storms,” they added.
Louisiana Sens. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R) and Bill CassidyBill CassidyTrump goes after Cassidy after senator says he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Hillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Americans blame politicians, social media for spread of misinformation: poll MORE (R) and Louisiana Reps. Clay HigginsGlen (Clay) Clay HigginsRep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress NY Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 in latest House breakthrough case Florida Democrat becomes latest breakthrough COVID-19 case in House MORE (R), Mike JohnsonJames (Mike) Michael JohnsonOvernight Defense & National Security — Pentagon officials get grilling from House House lawmakers press Pentagon over Afghanistan withdrawal House passes bill to prevent shutdown and suspend debt limit MORE (R), Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseThe 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — US cracks down on tools for foreign hacking House passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure MORE (R) and Garret GravesGarret Neal GravesLawmakers lay out arguments for boosting clean energy through infrastructure GOP seeks to keep spotlight on Afghanistan as Dems advance Biden's .5T spending plan Biden to travel to New Jersey and New York, survey Ida damage MORE (R) all signed the letter.
It made landfall near Port Fourchon, La., with sustained winds of 150 mph, sweeping through the state on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Biden approved Louisiana's request for a disaster declaration on Monday, unlocking federal funding for state, tribal and eligible local governments. The lawmakers said they were “grateful” for his action.
The delegation recounted the devastating damage Ida caused throughout the state, and noted the dire effects it is having on communities.
“Hurricane Ida moved slowly through Louisiana causing catastrophic wind damage and flooding in numerous parishes and leaving nearly 1,000,000 people statewide without electricity, which experts say it will take weeks to restore,” the lawmakers wrote.
“At this time, many communities remain without access to drinking water, food, gasoline, and basic needs, while temperatures remain in excess of 100 degrees,” they added.
Biden is scheduled to travel to Louisiana on Friday to meet with state and local officials and survey the damage from the storm.
White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Altria — FDA advisers endorse Pfizer vaccine for kids The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - White House to host lawmakers as negotiations over agenda hit critical stage MORE on Wednesday said the trip is being coordinated with local leaders, and contended that the president’s visit will not take away from relief and restoration efforts.
“This is a trip that is being planned in close coordination with leaders on the ground to ensure it’s the right time together,” Psaki said. “We are not going to go to any part of the state or visit any community where we would take away from relief and restoration efforts.”
The Hill reached out to the White House for comment.