United States Senator John Kennedy (R-La) and Governor John Bel Edwards met with Sens. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today to discuss federal disaster aid for the state to help recovery from Hurricanes Ida, Nicholas, Laura, Delta and Zeta.

Louisiana has been hit hard by storms in recent years and several areas are still in need of relief.

Senator Kennedy said the state is in need and it's the job of the Federal Government to help.

“Our people are desperate, and we have to help them. It’s that simple. The fact that Louisiana stands strong in the wreckage of category 4 storms doesn’t mean we should stand alone. Our state sends a lot of tax dollars to Washington, and Louisianians need a little help now. I’m thankful that Sens. Shelby and Collins took the time today for the governor and me to outline Louisiana’s needs for the Senate Appropriations Committee,” said Kennedy.

Shelby is a ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Collins is the lead Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

Long-term housing is something Sen. Kennedy has long identified as a need in the state after Ida.

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