Congress Approves $28.6 Billion in Supplemental Recovery Funding for 2020 and 2021 Disasters

The continuing resolution (CR) passed by Congress on September 30 included $28.6 billion in disaster relief supplemental appropriation. The funding had long been pursued by elected officials in Louisiana and other areas of the country struck by disasters over the last two years. The measure passed by a vote of 65-35 in the Senate and a vote of 254-175 in the House. The funding had been pursued strongly by the Louisiana congressional delegation, although two members of the delegation, Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Mike Johnson (R-LA), voted against the bill. The state has yet to receive any long-term federal recovery funding – funds desperately needed since hurricanes Laura, Delta, and Zeta struck the state in 2020.

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