Louisiana delegation presses Obama for flood aid

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Posted: Sep 12, 2016 3:43 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-dominated Louisiana congressional delegation is swinging behind a request by Gov. John Bel Edwards for emergency aid to help the state rebuild from last month's disastrous flooding.

The Pelican State lawmakers urged President Barack Obama to send Congress an official request for money to rebuild homes and infrastructure, reduce flood risks and fund social services such as child care.

Bel Edwards, a Democrat, upped his request for flood aid to $2.8 billion in a letter sent to Obama on Monday.

The bipartisan effort comes as Congress is about to move ahead on a government-wide temporary funding bill that would avert a government shutdown Oct. 1. Any flood funding probably wouldn't be added to the stopgap spending bill but could advance after the election.