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Louisiana Lawmakers Make Plea to Obama for Flood Aid
Call to make relief funds part of stopgap funding bill now being negotiated

Sen. David Vitter joined his fellow Louisiana lawmakers in calling on President Barack Obama to make a supplemental funding request to Congress for flood relief for their state. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Louisiana lawmakers want federal dollars to aid in the recovery from devastating recent flooding in their state.

The delegation, led by Republican Sens. David Vitter and Bill Cassidy, are making a plea to President Barack Obama for a timely request.

Obama to Congress: Louisiana Flooding May Need More Funding
 

President Barack Obama said at a press briefing in Baton Rouge on Tuesday that Congress “may be called upon to do more," once existing federal funds for the response to flooding in Louisiana run out.

Louisiana Flood Relief May Not Require Extra Federal Spending
Calamity still tests capabilities of state, federal officials

Mike Sittig, left, and Nelson Morgan Jr. bring supplies to Morgan's father's home to begin the process of cleaning up after flood waters inundated it on Friday in St Amant, Louisiana. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama makes a highly anticipated visit to flood-ravaged Louisiana on Tuesday with the federal government already busy repairing damage to a large swath of the state and drawing down disaster relief funds.

It appears unlikely that the flood recovery will require additional emergency spending by Congress to address the needs of victims, federal officials said.

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