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Kennedy offers amendment to send disaster aid to southwest Louisiana, Senate blocks it

The Senate Wednesday voted on Sen. John Kennedy’s (R-La.) amendment to the Senate’s infrastructure bill.

Posted: Aug 4, 2021 3:04 PM

WASHINGTON (KADN)  – On Wednesday the U.S Senate blocked a bill that would have provided $1.1 billion in disaster relief to Louisianians recovering from Hurricanes Laura, Delta and Zeta.

The aid would have come through the Community Development Block Grant program.

“Today, I offered the Senate an opportunity to help our people without adding a dime to the debt or taking a cent from taxpayers, and I’m incredibly disappointed they chose not to do that. It’s clear once again that President Biden must send a request for this disaster aid to Congress in order for Washington to grant disaster aid for Louisiana,” said Kennedy.

Text of amendment is available here.

Background on requests for disaster relief:

On August 2, Kennedy offered an amendment to the Senate’s infrastructure bill that would provide $1.1 billion in disaster relief to Louisianians recovering from Hurricanes Laura, Delta and Zeta.

On July 21, Kennedy joined Louisiana’s congressional delegation in urging the Office of Management and Budget to prioritize Louisiana’s request for supplemental disaster relief.

On July 15, Kennedy introduced and asked the Senate to pass the Gulf Coast Hurricane Aid Act of 2021. The bill would provide $1.1 billion in disaster relief to Louisianians recovering from historic storms. The Senate blocked the bill’s passage.

On May 20, Kennedy spoke directly with Housing and Urban Development Secretary (HUD) Marcia Fudge about supplemental disaster relief for Louisiana.

On May 19, Kennedy pressed HUD for answers about why the White House has been silent on providing disaster relief to southwest Louisiana.

On May 18, Kennedy again urged President Biden to provide supplemental disaster relief for southwest Louisiana.

On May 13, Kennedy helped introduce the Disaster Assistance for Rural Communities Act, which would allow rural homeowners, renters and small businesses to access disaster relief more easily in the wake of a natural disaster.

In September 2020, Kennedy wrote to Senate leadership, Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), to request that the Senate consider emergency supplemental aid to help Louisiana residents recover from Hurricane Laura.

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