Legislation is on its way to President Trump's desk that would prove to be a fix for getting more money to victims of the 2016 Louisiana floods after clearing the U.S. Senate Wednesday.
Among other things, it removes what had amounted to a prohibition that prevented flooded-out homeowners from receiving both Small Business Administration loans and grants from the Restore Louisiana recovery program.
“I've been working on this for two years," said Sen. Bill Cassidy. "I knew it was going to happen from previous experience. We had committee hearings and I brought it up with the SBA director, but finally we've got it fixed and I'm happy families will have what they need to complete their recovery. We can't do away with the flood, but we can do everything we can to bring those families back to where they were before the flood.”
"We are essentially punishing people for being diligent about rebuilding their homes after a disaster, and enough was enough," said Sen. John Kennedy. "I am hopeful that this legislation will help thousands of families who are still trying to recover from the flood. Sen. Cassidy deserves credit for taking the lead on this issue and bringing it over the finish line.”
Trump is expected to sign the bill.
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