White House Asks Congress for $2.6 Billion to Help Louisiana

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is asking Congress for $2.6 billion to help Louisiana rebuild from disastrous floods that have ravaged the state.

The White House request is for rebuilding damaged homes and infrastructure, helping small businesses and funding community development projects. It comes as Gov. John Bel Edwards returns to Washington to press the case for money to help Louisiana.

Tuesday evening’s letter from White House budget chief Shaun Donovan asks Congress to “provide additional funding to address Louisiana’s unmet housing and infrastructure needs as soon as possible.”

On Monday, Edwards upped his aid request to $2.8 billion. He has the backing of Louisiana’s GOP-dominated congressional delegation.

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