From Daily Kingfish
Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 09:57:50 AM CST
Yesterday, Senator Mary Landrieu, (D-LA), announced that in working with congressional negotiators on a pending defense bill, she was able to secure $3,000,000,000 to help cover the Road Home shortfall. The money has been attached to The Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Appropriations Conference Report. Earlier this year, both the House and Senate passed defense appropriations bills, but with different funding levels. When that happens, there is a conference between members of the House and the Senate to iron out the differences and come up with a compromise. The bill is now pending floor action in both chambers. The text of the press release she sent out is posted in its entirety below.
As many of you know, Road Home has been plagued by a funding shortfall, thanks to the Bush Administration's refusal to cover wind damage from both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, despite initial approval from HUD. It also didn't help that GOP leaders in the Congress capped Louisiana's share of recovery money at 54% in 2005 and 2006, despite the fact that Louisiana suffered 70% of the damage!
We should also express our gratitude to Senators Byrd (D-WV) and Murray (D-WA) for working with Senator Landrieu to secure the $3 billion. Here are the phone numbers to call and thank them:
Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) (202) 224-3954And as always, thank the good Senator from Louisiana: Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) (202) 224-5824
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) (202) 224-2621