Edwards Returns To D.C. For Additional Flood Relief

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is returning to Washington, D.C. to lobby for additional recovery money from last year's historic flooding.

A press release from his office says the state is still about $2 billion short of the requested amount. Congress has approved $1.6 billion for recovery efforts.

"Once again our state has faced another round of severe weather that has destroyed homes and communities, but we will rebuild,” said Gov. Edwards. “The recent tornadoes throughout South Louisiana have only added to the ongoing hardships our people are suffering from following the March and August floods. Now more than ever we need Congress to make the relief dollars available to help Louisiana so that the rebuilding process can continue. I will make this case to our congressional leaders this week, and I look forward to working with them as we continue to rebuild and help the people of Louisiana."

State taxpayer money is not being used to cover Edwards' travel expenses.

MORE: Governor's schedule in D.C. during this trip

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