Senator Bill Cassidy and Congressman Garret Graves spoke at the Governor’s Flood Recovery Task Force meeting Friday morning.
They discussed what should be done with the $437 million in federal funds given to the state.
Both Cassidy and Graves not only stressed the importance of creating a spending plan for the $437 million, but also implementing that plan as soon as possible.
Both also agreed that our state will need more than that to recover.
There are thousands of people all over southern Louisiana that need assistance now.
That’s why the task force should move quickly to establish what the money will be used for.
Some feel that sitting on these federal dollars instead of pushing it to where its needed could slow additional federal assistance.
Graves said, “If I’ve got hundreds of millions of dollars sitting in the bank then I think that other states and other members of congress will not feel that we need any more. So we have to get these moneys out the door as quickly as possible to demonstrate the urgency that people are facing right now”.
Cassidy and Graves stressed the importance of talking with your state and local leaders.
Let them know what challenges you are facing.
Your feedback could help craft a distribution plan for federal assistance.