WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today voted to appropriate $15.25 billion in emergency supplemental funds to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) and fund additional disaster aid. This funding will ensure that assistance is in place for communities dealing with hurricanes and other disasters, and it will help Texas grapple with Hurricane Harvey.
“My heart goes out to Texas as it copes with Hurricane Harvey’s devastating aftermath. We in Louisiana have not forgotten about the help we received after Hurricane Katrina hit 12 years ago,” said Sen. Kennedy. “When your neighbor’s house is on fire, you rush in with your hose and ladder. You don’t just stand there and watch their house burn.”
Sen. Kennedy also voted in favor of a three month extension for the National Flood Insurance Program. The program was set to expire Sept. 30.
“This short-term NFIP extension prevents a lapse in coverage during hurricane season. This coverage is essential for Louisiana,” said Sen. Kennedy. “Policyholders need to be able to afford their flood insurance, and they deserve the long-term certainty that I will continue working to provide.”